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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Terra Cotta Studio in Dien Phuong, Vietnam by Tropical Space

 
August 3rd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2com

The Terra Cotta Studio, located next to Thu Bon river in Dien Ban district of Quang Nam Province has a particular architectural structure. Noted for being the working space of renowned artist Le Duc Ha the studio is a beautiful art structure to engage in. The Thu Bon river holds a strong influence on the life of the local residents as a majority of people are dependent on agriculture along with a variety of traditional craft villages such as terra cotta, mat or silk.

Landscape, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

Landscape, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

  • Architects: Tropical Space (Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Nguyen Anh Duc, Trinh Thanh Tu)
  • Project: The Terra Cotta Studio
  • Location: Dien Phuong, Dien Ban, Quang Nam Province
  • Photography: Oki Hiroyuki
  • Client: Le Duc Ha Terra Cotta
  • Level: 02 (1 ground floor, 1 mezzanine)
  • Site area: 49 m.sq
  • Building area: 98 m.sq
  • Year: 2016

Facade, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

Facade, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

This project is cube-shaped building with 7m x 7m x 7m of space. Surrounding the studio is a bamboo frame platform used for drying out terra cotta products. It is further designed with two big bench for resting, relaxing and having tea. This raised platform also serves as a fence to seperate the studio with the area of workshop.

Two openings are positioned on opposite sides, allowing views right through, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

Two openings are positioned on opposite sides, allowing views right through, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

The outermost layer of the studio is made by clay solid brick, which reminds people about Vietnam traditional furnace. The studio also carries the characteristics of Champa culture as the area was part of Tra Kieu, Champa Kingdom capital from 4th to 7th Century.

Interior, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

Interior, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

The bricks were built interleaved creating holes which help the wind ventilating and air conditioning. This layer is not the wall preventing outside environtment from inside the studio, so the artist can feel the wind, the cool from river and sound of nature in surrounding area. Meanwhile, it also creates a certain privacy for the artist.

The 60-centimetre-square modules integrate shelves, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

The 60-centimetre-square modules integrate shelves, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

The interior of the studio is the three-floors wood frame system creating 60-centimetre-square modules integrate shelves for displaying artworks, a staircase leading upstairs, hallways and seating benches. The height of the frame is 7 meters. Follow the hallways, people can observe the workshop, river banks and the whole garden through windows.

Upstair interior, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

Upstair interior, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

The centre of the studio consists of two floors.In ground floor, there is a turning table that the artist works. The artist and his works can interact with the sunlight, from the sunrise to twilight. Here, people can find the conversation of the artist and his works; and himself and his shadow in the silence.

Interior and void, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

Interior and void, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

At the same time, people can see and feel the time passing terra cotta artworks by the movement of the sunlight.

On the mezzanine, people can see many different space inside and outside the studio, as well as observe the artist working by the round void in the centre.

People can see and feel the time passing terra cotta artworks by the movement of the sunlight, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

People can see and feel the time passing terra cotta artworks by the movement of the sunlight, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

Flooding was also a consideration when designing the building. By encouraging the artist to put both finished and unfinished works on the upper shelves, they should remain safe if the river bursts its banks and flows into the building.

The artist's turntable is located at the centre of the ground level, directly beneath the round void allows visitors to observe the artist at work from the floors above, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

The artist’s turntable is located at the centre of the ground level, directly beneath the round void allows visitors to observe the artist at work from the floors above, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

The design team desires the studio would be a place containing, contemplating and spreading emotion of the artist with his both finished and unfinished artworks. The project is a destination for people who love terra cotta to share and have the experience with the clay.

The 60-centimetre-square modules integrate shelves, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

The 60-centimetre-square modules integrate shelves, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

View through the void, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

View through the void, Image Courtesy © Oki Hiroyuki

Image Courtesy © Tropical Space

Image Courtesy © Tropical Space

Image Courtesy © Tropical Space

Image Courtesy © Tropical Space

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