Astronomical Park / EGO Group
Astronomical Park / EGO Group
Photographs: Trieu Chien, Nam Le
Oliviero Godi, Thai Binh Duong
Text description provided by the architects. Astronomy Park is a public park project in Hanoi. The project is located in a new development area west of the city and is Vietnam’s first astronomy park. The construction project surrounds Bach Hop Thuy Lake, an abandoned holding basin in the urban area of Duong Noi. This project gives a boost to real estate while significantly improving the quality of life and public space in the new district of Hanoi.
The area of the park is 120000m2, of which 6000m2 is the water surface When we discover the extraordinary, face the horror, the beautiful new worlds, the dark evil forces, the beginning of time, the moment of creation, we have the courage to see end or we flee home, the only way to find out is to go on a trip to explore the astronomical park. We will act as astronauts to explore the new universe by traveling the Milky Way and discovering 9 highlights of the world of astronomy through the language of landscape architecture and science and technology: Developed under the theme of astronomy, it tells the journey to explore the universe through the language of landscaping. The park is the place to nurture science, arouse people’s interest, discovery, research into the wonders of the universe and lands far outside the Earth, especially the younger generation. Language is made up of circles, spheres, spirals, the basic geometric shapes of the universe.
The journey to explore the universe at the astronomical park is seamlessly connected from start to finish by the 2 closed roads, the outer road is the Milky Way. The Milky Way is a walking trail in the park inspired by the Milky Way (also known as the Milky Way) that winds through the sky. On this path there are decorative items that represent the constellations of the Milky Way. Different light effects and colors create a dramatic atmosphere for the park at night. The park has 4 entrances corresponding to 4 places, these are Big Bang Square, Zodiac Square, Solar System Square and Alien Square. The interior route is a lakefront promenade, which is more peaceful, a walking route where pedestrians can get closer to the water through the piers, with the bridge encroaching on the lake. The starting point of the trip is Big Bang Square. Inspired by the Big Bang explosion – the event that formed the universe today, the plaza is the outdoor stage (Amphitheater) with the Big Bang Tower symbol (Big Bang Tower).
The tower has a small base, the higher it goes, the bigger the symbol of the Big Bang Theory – the explosion starts from a very small point in the universe, and then constantly expands and expands from immensely infinite way. This is the main entrance to the project with an iconic tower, surrounded by a square with Bat Trang, the famous local ceramic tiles representing the big bang event, where events like a music festival, fairs. On the way to the moonlit bridge we will pass through the garden of statues of famous scientists and astronomers such as Galileo, Stephen Hawking, Newton … and arrive at the next destination, The Zodiac Square, which has a circle representing the sky, the circle contains 12 Zodiacs in astronomy. Each star in each constellation is a fountain that creates an artistic water playground during the day. And at night the stars are a light that creates a light show, simulates constellations and astrology.
The Milky Way Garden is an area that simulates the galaxy, where the universe was formed. The structure is a spiral wall system, the layout transforms into a mystical and magical maze garden, a meticulously and meticulously decorated surface in different high and low walls which are covered with traditional ceramic tiles. From there the time tunnel leads us to the solar system. Passing through the portal of seeds representing life forms that grow throughout the universe, we enter the Solar System Square, the most realistic simulation of the solar system, centered on the great Sun, revolving around the planets, of which Earth. Each planet has information boards to help children and visitors better understand the planets surrounding Earth. It is surrounded by a belt of asteroid like rising seeds and a structure extending down to the water will serve as a marina for water sports activities in the future. Next door is the Crab Nebula Restaurant which will be built in phase 2.
The UFO zone is a playground for children with a topographic structure that mimics the “spatial grid” with protrusions, depressions like geological tectonics on the surface of planets like the Moon, Mars … create a feeling of gravity , the games are based on strange objects about space and astronomy, designed and arranged to create fun, interesting and rewarding activities for children. Next to it is the ISS station where there are refreshments for parents to sit down and look after their children, it is not only an ordinary pavilion structure, it is also an integration of new technologies and new materials with solar panels on the roof. Alien Square simulates the orbital orbits of the planets in the solar system.
In the center of the square is a UFO shaped like a UFO and an alien sculpture system around the square. Other fun alien figurines are a great attraction for everyone, especially young children. Right next to it are sports fields and exercise equipment which will be expanded in phase 2 of the project. The end of the trip is the Black Hole. The Black Hole Pool is located on the surface of the lake to form a round crater, surrounded by floating floors and also a marina. It is the place of fun activities with water in the park. Combined with playgrounds, gymnasiums, exercise machines, outdoor equipment and adjacent ancillary areas, the Black Hole Pool will be an ideal space for residents to improve their health and physical activity. Interestingly, all the trees in the park are planted in rows facing the sun at a 45 degree angle to the master plan. In the next phase, phase 2, a series of elements will be built, including a museum, a black hole pool on the lake and a telescope system for observing the sky.