“The Doorknob” is an exhibition organized by a21studio and Handhome in September 2018. This is one of the event in the exhibition series that Handhome realize once a year for the architect community in Vietnam.
Date: September 2018
Location: Saigon, Vietnam
Host: Handhome & a21studio
The exhibition aimed to raising the awareness of the value of reclaimed materials and environmental issues in modern day consumption. The abundance of easy-to-replace products has caused more and more everyday items to be thrown out without forming a relationship with their owners. Instead of referring to our basic needs, we make purchases to satisfy our urge of ownership. With the convenient access to shipping, buying services, we usually take things for granted and forget the value that comes with time when using an item. It is time that gives such items a beauty that can’t be found in newly made pieces.
In recent projects, a21studio has been actively searching for ways to replace the conventional building materials with the reclaimed scraps.
The doorknob – the smallest detail of a building was chosen to be the exhibition’s theme, also to kickstart a21studio’s project on a handbook that would feature ways to collect and apply each material in different sections of a building.
The event displayed 365 doorknobs made from Vietnamese daily objects, either collected by a21studio or donated by other supporters.
Handhome is officially founded in November 2015 as a Vietnamese architecture database and media platform. Our aim is to connect and create a mutual channel for the architects through book publishing, organizing architecture & design exhibitions, making contents for the online architecture magazine Handhome.net.
After organizing 6 architecture exhibitions in the first 2 years of Handhome, the international exhibition that had the participation of Sou Fujimoto (Japan) and Iwan Baan (Netherlands) in 2017 and the publication of the book Ghe 01 in 2018 are our first steps in connecting Vietnamese architectural community to the world.
a21studio is a Saigon based architecture firm and an influential practice in Vietnamese architecture community. Founded in 2009 by architect Nguyen Hoa Hiep.
a21studio’s projects are highly appreciated by Vietnamese as well as international experts and contractors. One of their most prominent works, The Chapel, has won the World Building of the Year title at the 2014 World Architecture Festival hosted in Singapore.
Since 2016, a21studio started using reclaimed materials in their projects, recycling value of such materials became their new interest.