Franken Architekten has been commissioned to draw up both the architectural and the business concepts for a holiday resort in the Vietnamese town of Da Lat. Founded by French colonialists in 1912, the town is surrounded by lakes, waterfalls, and woods. The mild ambient climate, the park-like environs, the abundance of different flowers and the evergreen forests have all combined to turn Da Lat into a popular tourist destination, which is often referred to as the “City of Flowers”. In the U-Villages Resort, a six-floor hotel complete with generous spa and beauty area, 600 villas for long-term guests, 200 overspill apartments, along with medical spa treatments offered as part of a private clinic will be erected on grounds totaling 63 hectares in size. Taking its cue from Da Lat, U-Villages will become a (sub)urban landscaped space, structured like a European urban estate. The masterplan envisages a sustainable urban concept in the shape of a flower, which separates out into five leaves, each of which is dedicated to a different area. In the center there will be a lake with a revolving restaurant in it, linked to the shore by pedestrian bridges. The landscape architecture was inspired by Da Lat’s slightly hilly topography, which is interspersed with many lakes. Generously designed open spaces will strike the right balance to the built area.
|Client||Song Da Thang Long|
|Location||Da Lat, Vietnam|
|Project-Team||Bernhard Franken, Christoph Cellarius (General Director), Lotte Cellarius (Design Director), René Böttcher, Thomas Kraubitz (Project Architect), Bang Nguyen (Team Leader), Hung Nguyen, Viet Nguyen, Tan Nguyen (Architects), Lan Hoan (Technical Project Arch|
Scenography is not confined to
the stage or screen, nor just to presen-tation events and trade shows. It is a design approach, rooted in narrative, that can be applied as well to individual buildings and even to urban environments.