The latest construction build by the Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia is surprising. Indeed, it’s a house designed to incorporate a fruit garden on its roof. In the district of Don Anh in Hanoi, Nghia imagined a house with an open garden at the top and an interior strongly in connection with the surrounding outdoor spaces helping the building to blend into a green setting. The Vietnamese architect is known for his diverse projects helping to reintroduce green spaces in Vietnam’s urban areas and for his design of sustainable architecture incorporating inexpensive local materials and traditional skills integrating a contemporary aesthetics and modern methodologies. As examples: the Bamboo Ceremony Dome in Son, Silver Cloud Resort PhuongCuc or the Atlas hotel in Hoi An.
The house located in a rural district of Hanoi, in a private complex containing a restaurant and other villas, includes two parallel wings with typical Vietnamese sloping roofs necessary for the evacuation of water during the monsoon season. Rectangular holes host trees that, depending on the season, change the appearance of the building throughout the year while improving its link with nature.
In the world, today rooftop gardens are becoming more and more pillars of the urban landscape. It seems that almost any roof small or large, residential or corporate is a candidate for green. Today’s architects move building facades beyond their traditional boundaries and plants often play a key role there. Some visionaries are literally developing a new plan for urban living: interconnected roof networks, farms, and social spaces to make cities greener and more productive, despite the lack of farmland.
In Germany, the architecture studio Penda recently published visualizations of the Yin & yang house designed to be built in a small space, which shows how owners can grow food on each side of terraced roofs. The home is intended to accommodate families wanting to live off-grid, in a self-sufficient lifestyle, planning to produce most of their own food at home.
Today it is undeniable that off-soil crops are not only attractive to the eyes; They can be used for many purposes, can provide urban dwellers with local food coming from toxin-free soils, can increase energy efficiency and reduce costs, and can also be good places to relax and socialize.