Location: Hung Loi ancient pottery kiln is a 300-year-old national archaeological relic, located in Ward 16, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, located in the territory of Hoa Luc village. This is an ancient village located along the Ruot Ngua and Lo Gom canals. But this monument is gradually disappearing and sinking into oblivion due to the low awareness of the surrounding people and the superficiality of heritage protection.
Purpose: to protect the heritage of Saigon and preserve the beauty of traditional craft culture in Vietnam. The project shows people the value of pottery and therefore respects the values of the heritage more.
Idea: The work was inspired by the archaeological excavation of 1997. The building is an exploration, every step is a journey. When the ground is cracked, people discovered many new things. The image of the pottery village by the river is now just a memory. Many scale in space will bring the user many different emotions.
The image of the building with low & wavy shape harmonizes with the river and the surrounding slum context.
The building chooses a hidden way to create a continuity between the park - the building - the river bank, which is inseparable from the surrounding context and exalts the beauty of interwoven pottery kilns.
Space: Restructuring the space of the ceramic kiln on the base of the ruins. The kilns combine functions such as transportation, display, molding, and lighting for buildings. Create identity for each functional area when users circulate on the river.
Pottery practice space is designed with a small scale to recreate the image of the ceramic village creating a sense of familiarity and closeness.
Works connected to the river bank by underground space lead to folk games. The tunnel space recreates the development process of Hung Loi pottery kiln and the collapse over time.



Site area: 16000m2
Total floor area: 7746 m2
Scale: 3 stories

Nguyen Thi Lan Anh