gmp architekten, Hamburg-based studio, has completed ‘Hanoi museum’ in Vietnam. Placed in the midst of an artificial park, the freestanding museum is surrounded by water basins, monuments and traditional villages in the style of old Hanoi.
Semi-transparent green glass sits behind ornamental panels, creating a gauzy and diffused facade that changes depending on the direction it faces. Indirect light filters through the exterior skin, providing large exhibition spaces with a soft luminosity.
The entrance level of the museum, which is based on a square floor plan, is accessible from the park on all four sides. A continuously spiraling ramp circles a vast central void, accessing each level and visually connecting the museum as a whole.
The first and second floors act exclusively as thematically-related exhibition spaces while the third floor includes rooms for conferences and research along with a library.