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House of Trees by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

House-for-Trees-01Vo Trong Nghia Architects showcase and impressive display of unification between modern living space and the nature itself. Their House of Trees is already one of the most talked about housing projects of 2014. Finalized in April of 2014 the 400+ square meter lavish home is located in Vietnam’s capital city Ho Chi Minh.


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. “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. – from Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
GFA: 474.32 m2
Client: Individual
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki
Design credit and Principal Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
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