The harsh character of this industrial cafe space in Hanoi, Vietnam, is broken up by the design decisions of local studio Le House. From plants and trees to a harmonious pond, the interior fuses natural with man-made motifs. While the dominating structural framework and the geometric-inspired concrete shells ensure that patrons are focused and undisturbed in a palace of Brutalist architecture, the glazed facade and the natural elements counter the overbearing presence. This fosters a welcoming and harmony-driven environment, while also adding a nice contrast to the industrial cafe space.
From a "vision of a dreamlike hanging garden" to a "dry and heavy" steel framework, Le House strikes the right balance between concrete haven and a natural escape within an urban environment.
Photo Credits: Hiroyuki Oki