House for Trees

Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Architect Firm: Vo Trong Nghia Architects.
Date: April 2014.
Location: Tanbinh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki.

Under rapid urbanization, cities in Vietnam have diverged far away from their origins as rampant tropical forests. In Ho Chi Minh City, as an example, only 0.25% area of the entire city is covered by greenery. Over-abundance of motorbikes causes daily traffic congestion as well as serious air pollution. As a result, new generations in urban areas are losing their connections with nature.

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“House for Trees”, a prototypical house within a tight budget of 155,000 USD, is an effort to change this situation. The aim of project is to return green space into the city, accommodating high-density dwelling with big tropical trees. Five concrete boxes, each houses a different program, are designed as “pots” to plant trees on their tops. With thick soil layer, these “pots” also function as storm-water basins for detention and retention, therefore contribute to reduce the risk of flooding in the city when the idea is multiplied to a large number of houses in the future.

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Plans

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Elevation & Section

Principal architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima (3 principals).
Architects: Nguyen Tat Dat.
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC.
GFA: 226 s.q.m. (226.50)
Footprint: 111.66 s.q.m.
Site area: 474.32s.q.m.