The water tower, which dates back to the French colonial period, is open to the public for the first time

The water tower, which dates back to the French colonial period, is open to the public for the first time

The water tower, which dates back to the French colonial period, is open to the public for the first time

A group of architects and painters have transformed the Hang Dao Water Tower into an art space, which will be open to the public for the first time from November 17 to December 31.

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The Water Palace in Hang Dau is located across Hang Than, Hang Luoc, Hang Giay, Hang Dau, Quan Thanh and Phan Dinh Phung streets.
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Dating back nearly 130 years, this business dominates the intersection of Hang Thanh, Hang Loc, Hang Giai, Hang Dao, Quan Thanh and Van Dinh Phong streets. A group including architect Cao Thê Anh, painter Nguyên Duc Phuong and their colleagues transformed this building into an art space equipped with sound and light installation systems.

This building was built in 1894 by the French, and over the years it has witnessed many historical vicissitudes in the capital. Photo: TP/CVN

The sound system reproduces the sound of water in nature while the lighting installation reflects the image of recycled artifacts from urban waste. The authors therefore wish to raise public awareness about the role of water in life, the relationship between humans and nature, as well as the impact of urban areas on the environment.

The art installations at the Hang Dâu Water Tower are part of the Hanoi Creative Design Festival 2023, taking place from November 17 to December 31, 2023. The event is co-organized by the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Vietnamese Architects Association. In addition to this site, the group of architects and painters has also created art spaces within other historical landmarks and monuments such as the Gia Lam Railway Factory, Hanoi Railway Station, Railway Station and Long Bien Bridge.

The exhibition is inspired by the Asian concept of green water, which symbolizes the six natural water sources: river water, stream water, spring water, rain water, ground water, and sea water…
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The Hàng Dâu Water Tower, built by the French in 1894, is one of Hanoi’s ancient architectural heritage. Together with the Yen Phu Water Plant, this reservoir was built to provide drinking water to the residents. Water was brought from the station to two towers and then distributed through pipes throughout the city.

According to historian Duong Truong Quoc, the French built two water towers at Hang Dao and Don Thuy (at the end of Dinh Cong Trang Street) to supply water to the old citadel area, where European officials and soldiers gathered, as well as the old quarter known as “36 Streets and Company”.

The 3D version of the Hang Dâu Water Tower installation project, which will be open to the public as an art space as part of the Hanoi Creative Design Festival 2023, which will be held from November 17 to December 31, 2023.
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The water tower is made of crushed stone, is cylindrical in shape, 19 m in diameter, and three stories high. Its roof is conical in shape with a lightning rod in the middle. The tower contains a steel tank with a capacity of 1,250 m3, mounted on 8 stone walls, and a large pipe network that rises and falls with iron valves. It has been renovated several times and still maintains its original condition, but the 17 windows on the first floor are still boarded up.

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