Only a five-minute drive south of the Opera House, the repurposing of the area now called Zone 9 is a fresh dawn for arts in the capital.
Words by Nick Ross
“Obviously there’s a bia hoi and a carwash here,” smiles Nguyen Qui Duc as he sits in the latest incarnation of Tadioto. “But it’s part of the fabric of Hanoi and we’ll live with it.”
“The building across from here is very colonial,” he says, pointing. “But this one is very Soviet Union, Pyongyang Style. Brutalist. And that’s disappearing.”
In another building in Zone 9, or ‘Khu 9’ in Vietnamese, sits Workroom 4. The brainchild of Dorian Gibb and his partner Claire Driscoll, the concept is “to provide a creative hub for Hanoi”. Working in tandem with Learning Project Asia, which shares the studio, Dorian hopes to build a community “to support and develop creativity and learning through connecting people, offering classes and workshops, organising exhibitions and events, and generally sharing ideas, skills and work”.