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

 

vo trong nghia architects stacking green designboom
vegetation protects inhabitants from direct sunlight, as well as noise and pollution
photos by hiroyuki oki

 

vo trong nghia architects stacking green designboom
the entrance to the private residence
photo by hiroyuki oki

 

vo trong nghia architects stacking green designboom
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

 

vo trong nghia architects stacking green designboom
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