vo trong nghia architects layers plantation for stacking green vo trong nghia architects layers plantation for stacking green
jan 23, 2014

vo trong nghia architects layers plantation for stacking green

vo trong nghia architects layers plantation for stacking green
photo by hiroyuki oki
all images courtesy of vo trong nghia architects

 

 

 

positioned on a four meter wide strip of land in a residential area of ho chi minh city (saigon), ‘stacking green’ embraces the vietnamese tradition of proudly displaying nature within private residences. completed by vo trong nghia architects, the building’s front and rear façades are composed entirely of repeated concrete planters. these contain vegetation protecting inhabitants from direct sunlight, as well as noise and pollution emanating from the adjacent street. the greenery continues to the roof terrace where a garden provides views across the neighborhood. from an environmental perspective, the design enables natural ventilation, cooling the structure during vietnam’s tropical seasons.

 

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the front and rear façades are composed entirely of layered concrete planters
photos by hiroyuki oki

 

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vegetation protects inhabitants from direct sunlight, as well as noise and pollution
photos by hiroyuki oki

 

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the entrance to the private residence
photo by hiroyuki oki

 

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the greenery becomes an ever present element of the design
photos by hiroyuki oki

 

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skylights bring light directly into the heart of the home
photos by hiroyuki oki

 

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(left) small courtyards offer daylight and ventilation 
(right) the stairway connecting the ground and first floors
photos by hiroyuki oki

 

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the bedroom at the second floor
photo by hiroyuki oki

 

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the roof terrace offers views across the neighborhood
photo by hiroyuki oki

 

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looking up at ‘stacking green’
photo by hiroyuki oki

 

 

project info:

 

architects: vo trong nghia architects
principal architects: vo trong nghia, daisuke sanuki, shunri nishizawa (3 principals)
contractor: wind and water house JSC
program: private residence
location: ho chi minh city (saigon), vietnam
GFA: 215 sqm (2,314 sqf)
photography: hiroyuki oki

  • I had hoped for recent pictures of this great project. The ones here published are at least one year old. I am very curious how this building is holding up against the very humid climate in Vietnam and it would be nice to see how the plant facade has developed.

    Airborne says:
  • Cool!!!…. but the author says: “the design enables natural ventilation, cooling the structure during vietnam’s tropical seasons”. I really want to know how the structure can be cooled. Evaporative cooling is not possible because exterior humidity is near 100%, so vegetation cannot contribute to it. Are these concrete planters connected to the main structure of the building. Is there any kind of thermal bridge “breaker” so that the heat/cool can not simply go away?

    Antonio V. says:
  • the plants provide shade at a slight distance from the structure and also the planters themselves provide shade as overhangs for direct overhead sunlight. The mass of the concrete would also provide a cooling effect and if its super hot the basement space would always be a constant temperature. Just my guesses at some of the features

    markjamesdesign says:

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