These last years, a noble idea is blossoming in cities around the world, where acres of potential green space lie overhead. Green roofs have sprouted like mushrooms in cities and Vietnam, has seen also its rooftop covered with a layer of soil and plants offering a unique aesthetic but above all environmental benefits. Vietnamese people love to include green spaces in their habitat, it’s well known, but a space dotted with a handful of potted plants and deckchairs is not necessarily a green space. However, architects like Vo Trong Nghia, or Studio TAA, MIA Design, T3 Architect, SDA. Sanuki Daisuke architects and lot more take it to another level and design green architecture to bring nature into dense urban environment contributing to greener the Vietnamese urban landscape and housing.
NANOCO – HO CHI MINH CITY – VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECT
Located in the newly developing area in Ho Chi Minh City, the building is formed by translucent glass block stacking alternately, and in creating terraces to accommodate trees. This facade also functions as a filter which diffuses intense direct sunlight in the daytime. In the contrary, at night, it turns into a beacon lighting box illuminating the neighborhood. Taking into account the high population density surrounding in the near future, the glass blocks are meant to blur the view to the outside, while the trees provide a green and fresh ambiance throughout the building.
See all Vo Truong Nghia’s projects HERE
WYNDHAM GARDEN – PHU QUOC – MIA DESIGN STUDIO
The Wyndham Garden hotel complex in Phu Quoc designed by MIA DESIGN STUDIO welcomes Villas covered with vegetation. Although the site is close to the coast, the waterfront is not visible from this place and that’s why the villas are turned inward like the traditional Vietnamese houses and are organized around an open-air swimming pool area. The rooms covered with “green curtains” formed from Tarlmounia, a tropical climbing plant native to Asia give to the visitor the feeling to be lost in the greenery. Almost no door or wall has been created to prevent the connection between interior and exterior spaces. The bedrooms are glazed, allowing guests to admire the greenery when they wake up every morning.
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THE RED ROOF – QUANG NGAI – TAA DESIGN
The architecture Studio TAA Design realized in 2019 ‘The red roof’ in Quang Ngai; a house covered with red-pigmented plaster and made up for growing vegetables for the local community. Their goal was to create a new type of rural building with a closed cycle: growth, harvest, and consumption. Rather than creating a large courtyard space, as the other houses in the area, the architects have here divided spaces to create a series of small interior courtyards that connect with the roof and nature where the vegetable gardens and playgrounds become the soul of the village.
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HA HOUSE PICTURE – HO CHI MINH CITY – VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECT
Ha House, a project that aims to bring city dwellers closer to nature, is one of the achievements of a series called ‘House for Trees’ created in 2019 by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Vietnamese Eco pioneer. Every house of the project has one thing in common: plants and trees integrated into the house filtering sunlight and air.
The building has been configured as a cluster of offset volumes creating voids allowing the wind to circulate to cool the space and thus reducing dependence on air conditioning.
An exercise area, a swimming pool, parking, open-plan living areas, as well as large private and public gardens for children’s games and outdoor dining have been organized and lead to a large communal roof garden.
See all Vo Truong Nghia’s achievements HERE
SKY HOUSE – HO CHI MINH CITY – MIA DESIGN STUDIO
Called The Sky House, the place designed by MIA Design Studio aimed to create a connection with nature. The three-story house has been divided into two. The first half is devoted to the sun, wind, water, and trees, the other half is for family activities. A large living room, kitchen and dining room are the center of this space on the ground floor, flanked by a pond and a small garden lit from above by a central void which crosses the entire height of the House.
From this central void, rooms with cuboid terraces planted with trees have been arranged on the sides, giving the impression that the plants are looking towards an outdoor garden. A roof garden has also been created to provide the residents of the house with a peaceful retreat.
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GREEN RESIDENTIAL BUILDING – DANANG – T3 ARCHITECT
The Green Residential was conceived by T3 Artichect as a contemporary tropical building in Danang The construction includes Bioclimatic aspects such as natural ventilation, sun protection, optimize the natural light, includes plantation of plants and trees (green roof, terraces, balconies…) and has some additional types of equipment to improve energy saving (hot water solar panels mainly). On the large rooftop, T3 designed a nice infinity pool (facing the sea) surrounded by a wooden deck and tropical plants, as well as a common area to organize barbecue and small parties. All interior design has been made with locally sourced materials (cement tiles, OSB panels, ventilation concrete blocks…), but with a clear contemporary style, a mix of minimalist and warm feeling. The result is a very unique Green Building, with a high energy efficiency rate.
See all T3 Architect constructions HERE