SEIJIRO TAKEDA, architect of Kume Sekkei, Japan
Where do you draw your inspiration?
Since I sometimes go jogging in the early morning around Hanoi's streets and see the high-rise buildings rising in a morning mist, the people dancing aerobics to music, and I enjoy the breeze from the lakes, I feel the atmosphere of Hanoi and of Vietnam. I am excited by handmade goods, signboards, street food stalls, etc. This atmosphere is the inspiration.
The plans for this community look very different from the architecture we see around Vietnam. In your mind, what is the significance of this difference?
As Japanese consultants, we had many discussions with Bitexco project directors to find the Japanese architectural styles applicable in Vietnam. Making the development complex and deep (like the universe) is part of Japanese architectural culture. This is like the Japanese "Bonsai" or "Tsubo-niwa, Enclosed Small Garden" (different to Vietnamese "Bonsai" that is large and dynamic). In these designs, the numerous and flexible spaces have been created so that the resident can enjoy a convenient and comfortable living environment.
Townships all over are paying verbal homage to the ecologically friendly ideal... How have you incorporated sustainable design and the celebration of nature into the design of The Manor Central Park?
The essence of nature is a change of everything together with time. Some things change slowly like the growth of trees, some things change very fast like ice melting before our eyes. The M1 building will change together with the seasons, with weeks - months, within a day from morning to evening. Those changes will be expressed on the facade of building. The curtain wall at the pool area that is closed in the morning and opened totally in the evening. The open atmosphere will arrive due to the open curtain wall. On the external wall of commercial part, the show-cases will be installed. Different from nature, these show-cases will be changed after few weeks. The change of show-cases will bring a feeling like people changing their clothes that can create the renovating impression for building. In addition, some parts of external wall have been designed for planting tree. Young leaves appear, flowers bloom and trees grow. We think that the change in building facade will be a celebration of nature.
Kume Sekkei has always placed emphasis on the harmonious integration of technology and design, a focus that remains at the center of everything it does. The firm's 70-plus years in the industry permeate every step of the process, from initial project development to design to continuing operation after construction. This is all done with meticulous attention to detail and time-tested project flow processes.
To bring together world-class Master Plan and architectural expertise, we worked with a collaboration between renowned firms EE&K and CZ Studios.

New York-based CZ Studios is a boutique architectural firm and has designed iconic structures around the world, from Chicago's Soldier Field to Ho Chi Minh City's Bitexco Financial Tower.

EE&K a Perkins Eastman company is internationally renowned for conceptualizing mixed-use master plan developments, most notably the Battery Park City addition to Lower Manhattan. The buildings and layout of an EE&K community are designed with the place – both geographic and cultural – firmly in mind. The firm prioritizes the experience of individuals within the urban space, arranging elements in a way that encourages people to gather and to walk in a healthy environment.