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Tourist center amid Vietnam's rice fields

29 of May '20

Inez Sluziewicz, a student at the Interior Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, has been named a finalist in the international competition entitled "Rural Tourism Accommodation" orgaznized by Arquideas. The jury appreciated her design of a tourist facility made entirely of wood.

The competition to design a tourist center in Vietnam was aimed at students and young architects. Its goal was to create an accommodation facility for tourists who come to Mu Chang Chai in search of natural beauty. The area is famous for its extensive rice fields, so the proposed building had to relate to them in shape. The competition design had to emphasize the importance of rural areas, as well as meet the needs of tourists, most of whom are photography lovers who want to enjoy the beautiful views of the fields at different times of the year.

Centrum turystyczne w Wietnamie. Szkice koncepcyjne

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© Inez Sluziewicz

traditional embroidery and leaves of life

The design by Inez Sluziewicz was made under the guidance of Prof. Beata Szymanska and Dr. Pawel Czarzasty. The student was inspired by the embroideries of the Hmong people, specifically one of the patterns - the leaf of life, which symbolizes nature and tourism. Analyzing the shape of the embroidery, she lifted parts of it, thus creating a solid object.

According to the author:

After learning about the region and the history of Mu Chang Chai, I decided to delve into information related to the local people - the Hmong ethnic minority. I was inspired by their original costumes, specifically their weaves. These people are famous for their embroideries, through which they communicate. They act as text and allow them to convey and immortalize important information.

Drewniana makieta centrum turystycznego

The pledge is made entirely of local wood

© Inez Serviewicz

view of the rice fields

The final form of the building visually harmonizes with the rice terraces. It surrounds them, creating a ramp that serves as a canopy. The building covers an area of about 140 square meters. The ramp, which is 2.7 to 4.3 meters wide, leads visitors to the higher parts of the center. There, there is an information desk about Mu Chang Chai, a place to rest and enjoy the view.

Centrum turystyczne w Wietnamie. Przekrój

The ramps function as canopies

© Inez Serviewicz

Those who want to stay overnight can use the separate small bedrooms located under the first terrace. The design, through the materials used - local wood, reflects the architectural tradition of the region. The lightness and translucency of the building is related to its seasonality. It is suitable for visits from September to April, and its main audience is active nature-loving tourists and travelers.

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illustrations courtesy of Inez Serviewicz

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