A vertical highrise village with apartments and offices is connected by green bridges and features views to the Hanoi perfromance arts centre.

Client: Van Phu Invest Company
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Size: 200, 000 sqm
Status: Under construction

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LAVA’s design for Van Phu Towers, a new tri-tower mixed-use project, takes it inspiration from the UNESCO heritage-listed BảN GiốC Waterfall. It creates a unique destination by blending features of local nature with the lifestyle of the future.

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The concept is inspired by the famous waterfall, which is surrounded by groups of karst peaks and where water rushes down three tiers and is separated into three falls by rocks and trees.

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Referencing the three tiers of the falls, the three towers are connected by green skybridges on various levels. Terraces link to a stepped podium connected by cascading waterfalls over several levels. The towers are surrounded by accessible green space equal to 1.25 times the size of the site. This greenery serves as a public sanctuary and mediates the microclimate – a sustainable solution for rapidly growing cities.


Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck founded LAVA in 2007. It was established as a network with offices in Sydney, Stuttgart and Berlin.

LAVA merges future technologies with the patterns of organisation found in nature to build a smarter, friendlier, more socially and environmentally responsible future.

LAVA uses naturally evolving structural systems, such as snowflakes, spider webs and soap bubbles, for new building typologies and structures – the geometries in nature generate both efficiency and beauty. But above all the human is the centre of their work.

LAVA combines digital workflow, nature’s structural principles and the latest digital fabrication technologies to build MORE WITH LESS: more (architecture) with less (material/ energy/time/cost).

Structure, material and building skin are three areas LAVA believes that architecture can learn so much from nature. Projects incorporate intelligent systems and skins that can react to external influences such as air pressure, temperature, humidity, solar-radiation and pollution.

LAVA designs everything from master-plans and urban centres, to homes made out of PET bottles to ‘reskinning’ aging 60s icons, from furniture to hotels, houses and airports of the future.

LAVA was the 2016 European Architecture Laureate. The Laureate honours the commitment and achievements of the best European architects who have determined a more critical, intellectual, and artistic approach to the design of buildings and cities. It is awarded by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.


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