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Hotel & Other Overnight Accommodations

AW² complete Vietnamese street life inspired hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

The Wink Hotel Saigon Centre, a medium rise urban construction and comprising 237 rooms, has opened

by Georgina Johnston 28 June 2021

Located in District One’s Dakao Ward, the 12 floor, 10,500 sq m hotel has been designed as an extension of Vietnamese street life, bringing local flavour from the outside in. 

Architecture Workshop (AW²), led by partner architects Reda Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux, designed every element of this affordable lifestyle hotel, from the architectural concept through to interior design and furniture, as well as collaborating with the client to create the brand identity across its hotels. 

The brand focuses on creating a balance between design forwardness, financial return and construction feasibility while being a fashionable urban destination. For the Wink brand, AW² created a specific locally-inspired colour palette deployed throughout the hotel, from the bespoke sunshades on the façade down to the cushion fabrics. The bold and vibrant exterior design attracts attention from the outside, acting as a beacon for the wider neighbourhood.

The Wink Hotel incorporates blended spaces where accommodation, work and leisure co-exist. The interior design is centred around creating a fun and dynamic environment, using furniture styles based on the street food culture such as food carts for the self-service food and beverage facilities and bicycles repurposed as table legs for the breakfast bars.

Collaborative spaces are made to encourage visitors and the public to use the public areas at their leisure. The shared spaces are composed into different flexible zones consisting of an entrance ‘Wink Space’ lobby, a lounge with integrated library and games area and food and beverage facilities. The food and beverage facilities cater to all needs including the Wink Bar, ‘grab and go’ self-service, breakfast bar and dining areas. 

For the hotel guests, the bedrooms have been efficiently designed to be compact, with bespoke furniture that maximises space usage and with a strong brand identity throughout. With three different colour spectrum schemes, each made up of three key Wink branded colours, the external sunshades act as an extension to the hotel interiors and reflect the colour themes found in each hotel bedroom.

The Wink Hotel Saigon Centre is designed for a fast-growing, fast-changing society that remains connected to local traditions while simultaneously embracing contemporary trends.

Reda Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux, Partners, AW²

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