Cong Sinh Architects’ Vegetable Trellis is more than just a feat of aesthetics. The project, located in District 9, is inspired by two problems: food scarcity and climate change, a feedback loop that the architects seek to combat. The architecture firm, based in Saigon, presents a number of projects that work with natural light, vegetation, and open space as primary design considerations.
Used as a multi-purpose space, Vegetable Trellis combines an open ground floor with a vegetated cover and relies on natural ventilation for heating, cooling, while its main source of energy is solar power . The structure is made with eco-friendly materials and draws inspiration from traditions in home gardening in Vietnam; the ground floor is completely open, allowing for multiple uses, while the garden above can be used to grow vegetables, provide shade, and foster a clean microenvironment.
With climate change affecting large-scale agricultural production, the site’s creators saw it fit to inspire change beginning at the individual level. The space can be used as a coffee house, coworking space, or convention center. And while Vegetable Trellis inspires sustainable building in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, it, too, has caught the eye of the global design community, winning 2017’s “Hotel and Leisure – Completed Buildings Award” at the World Architecture Festival. See it for yourself at 40-42 Nguyen Van Tang Street. Dist 9, Ho Chi Minh City.