lifestyle • 16 Jun, 2017
Be Outside Inside In Saigon Alley-Inspired Restaurant
New design from atelier tho.A rethings street spots
If squatting on tiny plastic chairs by the side of smog filled motorways for your lunch has become just a little too much to bear, the new ‘Hẻm Restaurant’ (hẻm means alley in English) complex in district 6 could be the answer.
Designed by innovative Ho Chi Minh based architect atelier tho.A, the space consists of six separate units spread over 500m2 of land, including a kitchen, restaurant and bakery, with each unit designed like a separate shop. The layout is intended to mirror traditional Saigon alleyways. This gives the venue a multifaceted, wide open feel, while still blocking out the noise and dirt of Tran Van Kieu street, where it is located. A series of transparent perspex roof panels also help to bring more light into the complex, which is flanked by two large apartment blocks.
The decor is a fusion of new and old, mixing smooth cement walls in grey, burnt orange, blue and yellow with traditional bamboo blinds, low hanging lights and old fashioned armchairs and window awnings, with dark mahogany wood used throughout.
See pictures of Hẻm Restaurant below:
Words by Rebecca Jones
Photo by Quangdam