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Hanoi diner centres on waterfall

Jez Abbott
01 Apr 2019

The restaurant waterfall tumbles four storeys

A waterfall and rugged industrial interior have given a modern, subversive edge to a new restaurant.

Water flows 11 meters from the fourth floor of a building in the new urban Vinhomes Gardenia that houses the Meat Plus restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The industrial-style interior of the diner specialising in Korean cuisine combines color contrasts and scrap-like materials such as bicycle wheels, brickwork, concrete and timber recycled from houses.

5A Architects divided spaces to offer both privacy and a sense of community. The aesthetic combines three elements: industrial chic, recycled materials and natural elements.

Water is at the core of the site and became the main anchor to give a fluid and fresh aura from the fourth floor down to the ground.

Brick, concrete, metal and timber were arranged in a rhythmic and powerful way while vibrant colors created youthful contrasts and drew the eye.

Besides color, natural light and open space feature. The front wall is made of glass and steel to ensure lightness. Dining tables offer privacy and comfort and centre on a VIP area.

5A Architects also salvaged brick and wood from traditional houses pulled down in the process of urbanization to make way for reinforced concrete alternatives.

Inside Meat Plus, in the Ham Nghi part of Hanoi, these recycled materials including old bike rims bought from scrap sellers remind diners of Vietnam's past.

Lead architect Nguyen Tien Dung worked with colleagues Pham Phuong Anh, Huu Vinh, Tien Manh, Hoang Hao and Tran Phuong Thao.

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