Society is evolving rapidly, and the need for cultural and spiritual enrichment is becoming increasingly essential as it has the potential to rejuvenate energy and enhance the creativity of each worker. According to statistics, Vietnam currently has over 16 million workers and this number is trending towards a younger demographic. At this stage, in addition to the need and desire for stable employment, there is also a need for cultural, artistic, and entertainment activities. Many businesses have proposed the construction of cultural and sports centers for workers. However, the lack of land, capital, and human resources has resulted in very few cultural activities for workers. Consequently, the cultural and spiritual life of many Vietnamese workers remains impoverished, increasing the risk of exposure to social vices.
This is the driving force behind the labor culture house project in Me Linh district, which aims to create a space capable of fulfilling the needs for training, entertainment, meetings, and sharing, and providing workers with a place to recharge and boost creativity for the next working day.
Inspired by the traditional Vietnamese village communal house roof, where cultural activities, sports, festivals, etc. take place and is also a place for community activities of the Villagers, the project uses modern lines to recreate the architecture of the old communal house roof. The facade layer is inspired by the fabric of theater wings, using steel mesh material to create a translucent effect while still ensuring to minimize solar radiation inside the building. The form of the roof also evokes the image of water – an image associated with a number of water arts – folk culture of the Red River Delta.
The project aims to construct a cultural center that serves as a venue for organizing events for workers and also as a gathering place for daily cultural, sports, and knowledge activities, as well as community connections. The space will be flexible and multifunctional, with separate indoor and outdoor areas, creating a comfortable and peaceful environment for workers to rest and relax after a long day of work in the factories