NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS wraps steel factory space around an open-air tropical garden
NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS wraps steel factory space around an open-air tropical garden NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS wraps steel factory space around an open-air tropical garden
oct 14, 2016

NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS wraps steel factory space around an open-air tropical garden


vietnamese studio NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS has conceived the factory space for a steel manufacturing company. known for addressing the user and architecture with nature and landscape, a floor-to-ceiling rotating door system has been installed in this scheme — seen before in the firm’s townhouse project in ho chi minh city.

NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS katzden factory vietnam designboom
all images © hiroyuki oki



the building encompasses a standard factory exterior comprising a flat roof and brick envelope. the more interesting elements have been kept for the interior allowing NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS to base the factory as aesthetic object and in turn, focus on creating flexible and functional spaces. the factory is articulated around a 16m x 16m open-air tropical garden. this verdant courtyard celebrates the tropical climate and can be fully enjoyed when the wall of rotating doors are opened, encouraging airflow and refreshing the internal working environment.

NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS katzden factory vietnam designboom
at the center of the construction, an open-air garden brings a serene atmosphere into the work space



to meet the demand of the budget for standard built-in factories, the simple cubic form features a 8 meter-span grid system. the use of bricks for the exterior allows the building to evolve as a landmark with the natural clay color contrasting the surrounding neighborhood. furthermore, old bricks were collected from abandoned colonial buildings and re-used for the external envelope. the oversized roof made of galvanized corrugated metal is lifted to form a cantilevered-canopy that protects indoor working areas from harsh sunlight, wind, and rain.

the open-air atrium brings sunlight and fresh air into internal spaces

the steel manufacturing company produces items including staircases, handrails, and bicycle stands

many kinds of tropical plants and fruit were planted such as papayas, bananas, tamarinds and dragon fruit

the design, which preserved a large amount of greenery establishes a working environment closer to nature

spaces are left vacant to offer flexibility

the courtyard itself and the water feature celebrates a tropical and diverse ecology

old bricks were collected from abandoned colonial buildings and recycled for the exterior

the roof made of galvanized corrugated metal is lifted up to form a 3 meter cantilivered canopy

the factory is located in the heart of a new industrial park in binh duong

floor plan (click for larger version)

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 project info:


name: katzden architec factory
location: binh duong city, vietnam
site area: 5,753.87 sqm
area: 2,761 sqm
project year: 2016
architect: shunri nishizawa
landscape: shunri nishizawa, vu ngoc tam nhi
client: katzden architec vietnam co., ltd
building construction: daiwa house vietnam co., ltd
landscape construction: i fit home co., ltd
photography: hiroyuki oki





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