vo trong nghia's architecture aims to reconnect people with nature

vo trong nghia's architecture aims to reconnect people with nature


titled ‘human-meditation-nature’, vo trong nghia architects presents an installation at the venice architecture biennale. speaking to designboom, the architect explains how the aim of his projects is to create buildings that provide a welcoming landscape, while reconnecting people with nature. known for his green-filled architecture, the installation inside the central pavilion visualizes as a small forest of bamboo and plants. visitors are invited to walk through the structure and in turn, show that architecture is not just about function and beauty, but an approach to connect people with nature.



designboom talks to architect vo trong nghia at the venice biennale
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furthermore, vo trong nghia provides insight into his studio in vietnam. ‘we see meditation as a beneficial pathway to help people to avoid ignorance, purify their minds, improve their lives and bring people closer to nature. the staff at vo trong nghia architects are required to meditate twice a day and attend 10-day meditation courses throughout the year to continuously reconnect with nature, as well as to understand their minds at a deeper level. it helps to resist cravings, improve concentration and sensitivity to our surroundings, as well as better decision-making in improving our society, not just for our personal interests.’



view our coverage of vo trong nghia architects’ projects here.

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the installation invites visitors to move around and become immersed in the small forested landscape
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‘within this forest of bamboo and plants, we invite you to meditate and reawaken your relationship with nature.’

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plants are integrated into the bamboo structure
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the ‘human-meditation-nature’ installation is located inside the central pavilion at the giardini
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the architect believes that nature can be used to alleviate social issues by encouraging communication among people
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vo trong nghia with simón vélez – both known for their use of bamboo – pictured at their shared exhibition space
read our coverage on simón vélez’s exhibit here.
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