ATLAS HOTEL HOIAN is located in Hoi An’s “Old Town; an area which has rapidly grown since it was officially named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Recently, most of the ancient houses have been converted into shops and restaurants that serve the daily influxof tourism. The neighborhood is well known for its beautiful tiled-roofscape and its internal courtyards that provide a layered spatial quality between the inner and outer spaces. This quality has been slowly eroded due to chaotic commercial flow. As a consequence, Old Town has lost its charm of a calm and peaceful lifestyle.
▼酒店立面，facade of Atlas Hotel © Hiroyuki Oki
Located in an irregular plot of land, the design approach of Atlas Hotel is to turn this constrain into its unique character. The linear layout is divided into several internal courtyards, and by lifting the building above the site, it completely frees the ground floor to create an inter-connected network of courtyards. This spatial quality reflects the dynamism of the new Hoi An but also retains the charm of the Old Town.
▼酒店外观，external view of Atlas Hotel © Hiroyuki Oki
▼内庭院，底部架空，inner courtyard, overhead ground floor © Hiroyuki Oki
The building façade is clad with locally-sourced sandstone pieces used in combination with an exposed concrete slab and a series of planters along the corridors. The planters are arranged along the entire façade of the hotel not only provides solar shading but also allows cooler air to ventilate the spaces.In addition, the perforated stone walls admit daylight without blocking air flow. This scheme allows the place to be naturally ventilated to minimize the use of air conditioner.
▼砂岩块、混凝土板和绿植，sandstone pieces, a concrete slab and planters © Hiroyuki Oki
▼绿植沿走廊布置，planters are arranged along the corridor © Hiroyuki Oki
▼穿孔石墙，perforated stone walls © Hiroyuki Oki
▼细部，details © Hiroyuki Oki
The five story hotel includes 48 guest rooms as well as various leisure functions such as restaurant, café, rooftop bar, spa, gym and swimming pool. Due to the complexity of the site, each guest room is shorter and wider than typical hotel rooms. Rather than a problem, this presented an opportunity for the rooms to have greater access to greenery not only from the bedroom but also from the bathroom.
▼入口空间，entrance space © Hiroyuki Oki
▼接待区，reception area © Hiroyuki Oki
▼餐厅，restaurant © Hiroyuki Oki
▼咖啡厅，cafe © Hiroyuki Oki
▼背靠竹林，bamboo background © Hiroyuki Oki
▼穿孔石墙与绿植相间的走廊，corridor with perforated stone walls and planters © Hiroyuki Oki
▼客房景观良好，guest room has greater access to greenery © Hiroyuki Oki
The use of these green and natural elements embodies the particular interest of the office and the House for Trees concept: to integrate greenery into design as a way to rejuvenate urban areas and to contribute to societal improvement. At its core, Atlas Hotel reconnects man with nature.
▼夜景，night view © Hiroyuki Oki
▼一层平面，ground floor plan © VTN Architects
▼标准层平面，typical floor plan © VTN Architects
Project name: ATLAS HOTEL HOIAN
Client: DANH Co., Ltd.
Architect Firm: VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
Interior Design: VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
Principal architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Tran Thi Hang
Design Team: Le Thanh Tung, Pham Huu Hoang, Nguyen Thi Ha Vi, Le Thanh Tan, Nguyen Ngoc Thien Chuong,
Photography: Hiroyuki Oki
Status: Completed in May 2016
Program: Hotel & Leisure
Location: 30 Dao Duy Tu, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Viet Nam
Site Area: 1.348 m2
GFA: 3.115 m2
Website of Atlas hotel: http://atlashoian.com