Vietnam, Hanoi 

National Conference Center in Hanoi


Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze, 2004
In cooperation with Inros Lackner
Project managers Klaus Lenz, Susi Winter, Annika Schröder
Team Frederik Heisel, Birgit Föllmer, Marcus Tanzen, Tuyen Tran Viet, Jens Reichert, Hito Ueda, Udo Meyer, Uli Rösler, Lorin Rüttger, Nicole Flores
In cooperation with Inros Lackner AG (Structural engineers, Technical building equipment, Infrastructure)
Light planning Schlotfeldt Licht
Stage technology GCA Ingenieure
Acoustic Muller BBM
Landscape design Breimann & Bruun
Vietnamese partner practices VNCC, Vietnamese National Construction Con-sultants; CDC, Consultants, Designers & Construction Corporation
Client Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Gross floor area 65,000 m²
Construction period 2004–2006



Christian Gahl

The whole NCC Hanoi complex is embedded in a park landscape, which integrates thematic and symbolic references to the Vietnamese culture and traditions. The new buildings for the National Conference Center, the hotel and museum have been positioned in this spacious landscape garden. In front of the NCC to the south is a multifunctional, urban area, the "Fountain Square". This square is intended for festivities and public occasions.

The square is flanked to the east and the west by a sea of flags and two calm pools of water. A bright palm grove creates the setting for the southern side of the Fountain Square and marks the direction of the main entrance and the access axis to the National Conference Center.

The expressive undulating roof of the whole NCC accompanies the visitors on their way into the foyer. It rises up to an even greater height above the large congress hall, thus creating a distinctive landmark for the NCC Hanoi.