This awarded competition proposal in Vietnam represents NDA's textbook example of how to transform a mountain with average resources into an exceptional tourist destination - by introducing strong and compelling themes. The proposal arranges a plethora of mountain activities based on fengshui principles, clustered in themed areas such as body (health & wellness), mind (culture & art) and soul (religion and faith).
In this successful competition entry, NDA creates a stunning arrival sequence for the future guests of Nha Trang' s premier resort destination: an iconic waterfall and a suspended aquarium hovering above the main lobby entrance.
Aiming to position itself as an authentic cultural station of the Mekong Delta, this mixed-use project tries to distill the essential features of the famous Mekong River and concentrate them in only one touristic destination: landscape, commerce and entertainment become the main pivotal themes that help organize the project’s multiple functions around its central, activated pond.
Located in Vietnam’s most prolific resort destination, this project draws inspiration from the breath-taking landscape formations that surround the city of Nha Trang to create an urban “tropical ridge” – a gently shaped ensemble of serviced apartment buildings of different heights, organized around the best outdoor spa & resort facilities the city has to offer.
NDA’s innovative proposal for Vietnam’s national oil company headquarters in Vung Tau dwells on the amazing engineering feats of oil platform design to devise a compelling concept that sees offices cantilevered on top of a conceptual layering of water surfaces and underwater reserves.
NDA’s mission for the interior design of the Tianjin Indoor Snow Park was to recreate a genuine mountain experience – replete with snowy slopes, vernacular chalets and wooden mountain hotels – all underneath a “starry sky” supported on reflective “frozen trees” a clear-span structural device that brings light into the vast interior space while giving a strong contemporary touch to the snow park experience.
This scenic view of the winning proposal for an international competition to design China’s mostground-breaking indoor snow park beautifully expresses NDA’s concept to create volumes that perfectly integrate into their snowy surroundings - by echoing the fluid lines of frozen streams.
Confronted with the paradoxical brief of creating a water-themed resort and amusement park on a coastal site with poor water quality, NDA chooses to organize the development around a network of artificial lakes, pools and crystal lagoons that would allow the guests to experience perfect water quality all-year round. The urban masses gravitate towards these water bodies, creating sinuous shapes in the process: an organic landscape of “inland waves”.
Referencing the island communities' art of taking advantage of local hilly landscapes to create terraced settlements with amazing vistas towards the sea, the commercial program is re-arranged into terraced levels that offer visitors the chance to stroll around an elevated F&B, retail and culture district, with breath-taking vistas of the open sea. Lush tropical greenery, refreshing water curtains and a vocabulary of local yellow stones with wooden highlights contributes to this project’s mission to rediscover the quintessential attributes of tropical architecture in order to provide visitors with a genuine island experience.
In an act of urban reverence towards the accommodating marina plaza, the apartment building undergoes a process of gradual opening up towards it, allowing its privacy-insuring vertical mesh to pull back and expose an intricate system of loggias and cantilevered terraces. The burgeoning life of a highly introverted residential building - finally unveiled.