Denmark architect presents exhibition on Vietnam’s floating houses

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Architect Hans Peter Hagens presents his research on Vietnamese floating houses in Hanoi on February 20
Danish architect Hans Peter Hagens presented his research on Vietnamese floating houses at the Danish Embassy in Hanoi February 20.
The exhibition of photos, painting and documents was then held at Manzi Art Space at 14 Phan Huy Ich Street in Hanoi February 25-30 and is now on at the Ho Chi Minh City Architecture University (196 Pasteur Street in HCMC’s District 3) until March 10.
It will also be brought to Denmark and shown at Holeby Town, a municipality on the island of Lolland in south Denmark from March 6 to 21, and at the representative headquarters of Lolland and Falster islands in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen from April 3 to 30.
Photos and paintings in the exhibition feature floating houses and the activities of residents in the Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, and in the northern provinces of Quang Ninh and Ninh Binh.
Hagens told news website Vietnamplus that Vietnam has long been famous for its unique construction techniques applied to houses built on water.
The structure of Vietnam’s floating houses actually influenced modern Western architecture.
The Danish architect spent nearly two months in Quang Ninh and the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho last year to conduct research.
The exhibition also presents photos of small rivers in Denmark because, according to Hagens, the south of Denmark has many towns located beside small rives and the Vietnamese floating house model could be applied to build houses in those towns.
Hagens said that developing cities that include houses built on the water could transform global urban planning.
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