Beautiful project “House for Trees”, designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects in Vietnam, tries to bring back green life in Ho Chi Minh City.
Under rapid urbanization, cities in Vietnam have diverged far away from their origins as rampant tropical forests. In Ho Chi Minh City, as an example, only 0.25% area of the entire city is covered by greenery. Over-abundance of motorbikes causes daily traffic congestion as well as serious air pollution. As a result, new generations in urban areas are losing their connections with nature.
“House for Trees”, a prototypical house within a tight budget of 155,000 USD, is an effort to change this situation. The aim of project is to return green space into the city, accommodating high-density dwelling with big tropical trees. Five concrete boxes, each houses a different program, are designed as „pots” to plant trees on their tops. With thick soil layer, these “pots” also function as storm-water basins for detention and retention, therefore contribute to reduce the risk of flooding in the city when the idea is multiplied to a large number of houses in the future.
Architect Firm: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Principal architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima (3 principals)
Architects: Nguyen Tat Dat
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
Status: Built in 04.2014
Program: Private house
Location: Tanbinh, Ho Chi Minh City
GFA: 226m2 (226.50)
Site area: 474.32m2
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki, Vo Trong Nghia ArchitectsSemnat de LaRevista.ro