Photography by Hiroyuki Oki
Architectural Design by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Partners: Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, Shunri Nishizawa
Vo Trong Nghia Architects is an internationally recognized architectural firm in Vietnam, with offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Their inspiring work is best summarized by a statement from the company’s website:
By experimenting with light, wind and water, and by using natural and local materials, Vo Trong Nghia Architects employ a contemporary design vocabulary to explore new ways to create green architecture for the 21st century, whilst maintaining the essence of Asian architectural expression.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects have shared this photo gallery of the Stacking Green house, a sleek, sustainable residence built in 2011 for a small family in Saigon, Vietnam.
The home is a “tube house” built on a narrow city lot. Both front and back facades are artfully composed of layers of concrete planters cantilevered from the structure’s two sidewalls, maintained by an automatic irrigation system utilizing collected rainwater.
This green, porous facade and a roof garden insulate the home’s inhabitants from direct sunlight, street noise and pollution, while providing natural air conditioning via air flow throughout the house. The resident’s electricity fees are just 25USD monthly, due to the air flow feature, skylights and other passive design methods.
To read more about green architecture in Vietnam, see Will Vietnam’s Green Building Market Take Off?