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Q.

I'd like to talk to you about my project, what should I do?


A.

First of all, thank you for contacting us and having interest in our design. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, Facebook messenger … and you are always welcome to visit our office, Takashi Niwa Architects (NIWAA) in Hanoi if convenient.

Please feel free to share your idea, thinking as much as you can even something concerning your personal hobbies. All of that will help us to understand your will and demand for the project well.

Coming to NIWAA, you’ve got our sharing about our design approach and how we design to create a good project.

We hope that you would come up to our office to meet us as well as to start our friendship and cooperation for the next step.



Q.

Do I need to prepare something for the first session?


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For the first session, please prepare information of your project such as land shape or site photo, your budget, your schedule and your current consideration for the building design.

The other detailed data and information will be prepared particularly in the next sessions.

We also would like you to point out clearly what you want to realize and what the important points you want to make the building.



Q.

We want to know more about Takashi Niwa Architects (NIWAA).


A.

From this link, you can download our latest brochure with our main projects data. -> Let’s get NIWAA’s brochure

We will issue monthly newsletter to share our latest challenges of design and the related event information.  -> Let’s subscribe NIWAA newsletter (same link with the work collection)



Q.

How is your process of concept design? And also your design cost?


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After our first meeting, we will make the design fee estimation for your project. After your review, if we can get the agreement, the design contract will be signed.

After contract signage, we will make a presentation of some concept options for you to study and find out the best and most suitable option for your project.

This phase will take about 4 ~ 12 weeks, depends on the contract. It is including presentation, drawings, model, 3D graphic etc.

Thereafter, if you need more options, we will update two more times with no special expenses.

If the concept design phase cannot reach the agreement, the contract can be closed at that stage.

Generally the concept design proposal fee is contained 20% of the total contract fee for large buildings and 30% for small buildings.



Q.

The site is not specific yet, could I still have your consultancy?


A.

We are happy to hear your plan.

We will give you our advice from various perspectives such as the possibility of the site and the balance of the budget.

If you need our help for finding a good location in Vietnam, we will be able to give you the consultancy.



Q.

What is your advantage?


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We design all types of project and you can find our best advantage in design is in the field of Resort hotel, School, Office, Factory and Commercial building but not limited from the field of Industrial design and master planning to civil design. You will find we are one of the best architectural design offices in the South-East Asia.

Uur design target will be beneficial for you, for the users and the surrounding society, besides the achievement of cultural value.  



Q.

I may have so many requests.


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Please talk with us more and more about your dreams, as much as you can.

We will study and propose a design based on your requests as much as possible.



Q.

Can we have consultation about the project budget?


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It’s a significant topic on our way. Of course, we are willing to discuss with you about this.

We will make an approximate proposal after considering your project budget. And it is absolutely necessary to adjust the design after construction fee estimation of construction companies.



Q.

How much is the design fee?


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Our designed fee will be estimated on the manpower that we expected.

It generally costs 5-10% of the building construction amount for large buildings and 10-15% of the building construction amount for small buildings. However, it depends on its size and usage.

Be free to contact us to discuss further.



Q.

Buildings designed by the architects have expensive image ...


A.

Our target is designing and creating the buildings in a wise manner.

We would like to propose a design which connects with local culture and environment. There are many trustful local materials with reasonable cost everywhere. We will carefully choose the materials and methods for satisfaction in terms of design and cost aspects based on your requirements.



Q.

How long will it take to complete the building?


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Generally, for a low-height building for an example, we could estimate that it takes about 15 to 24 months from the initial consultation to the completion.

This time will be adjusted precisely after we have your detailed plan & schedule of the project.



Q.

Is it possible to make a design request even the site in the distance?


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Currently, our projects are in progress throughout in Vietnam as well as projects in Asia such as Philippine and Japan. It is not the matter of the distance and project’s location to us to create the meaningful and grateful space for the cities in Vietnam and all over the world.

For more detail, the travel expenses will be not including in the proposed design fee estimation and will be discussed further.



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Once again, thank you very much for your interest in our office.

Please get our information from this link to know us more.-> Let’s get NIWAA’s brochure

Because the space is not enough to explain our approach and design, we are looking forward to talking with you directly to exchange more.

Thank you.