Located on busy Hoang Dieu street in Da Nang city (Vietman), Namra Coffee was designed by D1 Archite... More
Jean Nouvel designed a tower that respects the zoning envelope to the point that it shapes the exact receding volume of the tower. The diagrid structure of the 1050 feet (320 meters) slender tower follows the simplest and most economical geometry.
High-strength concrete and reinforced steel was used to create a shear-wall core, where the facade plays an important structural role. Jean Nouvel wanted the facade to express the building’s structure underneath.
“Normally we are the ones dictating where the columns go but this was the opposite,” explains Gustavo Oliveira, vice president at structural engineers WSP in New York. “We couldn’t add diagrids in, we had to mimic what was on the façade, so it was an iterative process with the architect. We had never approached a building that way before.”
The cleverly engineered 82 storeys envelope allowed for apartments without interior columns. The interior spaces are designed by Thierry Despont. AAI Architects and SLCE Architects function as architects of record.
The complexity of the structure resulted in a construction time of five years. Around double the time of a project with a similar size. The building was completed late 2019 and residents started moving into the first apartments.