Vo Trong Nghia Plans Trio Of Towers Covered In Bamboo Plants And Linked By Bridges

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Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects has unveiled strategies for a trio of housing towers in Ho Chi Minh City linked by aerial bridges and shielded from the harsh tropical sunlight by swathes of bamboo .

Diamond Lotus by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

The three 22-storey-tall blocks will be linked by a planted roof backyard and bridges, and a series of modest pavilions that overlook the waterways and city beneath.

Found just over two miles from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, the Diamond Lotus housing scheme is designed by Vo Trong Nghia’s studio for a finger of land among two rivers that wind by means of the city to the East Vietnam Sea.

Diamond Lotus by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

The tower blocks will offer 720 properties on the eight,400-square-metre web site, each and every with access to planted balconies and the roof backyard.

“The 3 volumes are appropriate for massive-scale housing and the roof of every single is linked to resonate with Vietnamese Feng Shui,” explained the studio. “The connected roof supplies the residents with a massive green space, which seldom takes place in the city.”

Diamond Lotus by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Bamboo-filled planters will sit along the wavering white balconies that surround the 22 ranges of the towers. The stems will create a sun-filtering screen around the apartments, supplying shade from the sun and an elevated backyard for each residence.

Diamond Lotus by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

“While other developments are expediting the reduction of greenery in the city, the green bridge and green facade of this task are regarded as not only a commitment to the comfort of inhabitants,” explained the architects, “but also a contribution to the landscape, appearing as a green screen in the city.”


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“Inside the urban density of little and humble houses without having greenery, this project will supply the 1st green landmark in Ho Chi Minh City to change the inactive mindset designed by lack of greenery.”

Diamond Lotus by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

A pair of U-shaped structures that support the tension cables for the bridges will illuminate the building at evening.

Diamond Lotus by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Vo Trong Nghia has previously claimed that bamboo “will substitute other resources” in the long term of developing building and also utilized the hollow stems to create 25 trumpet-shaped structures based mostly on lotus pods for the Vietnamese pavilion at the World Expo 2015 in Milan.

Like the university campus the company created for Ho Chi Minh City, the pavilion as well featured complete-sized trees expanding on its rooftops.

Diamond Lotus by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

The studio, which has offices in each Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, is acknowledged for its use of planting in an work to replace the greenery destroyed in the building procedure. It is also operating on yet another university in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring a chequerboard facade with verdant screens.


Project credits:

Practice: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Principals: Vo Trong Nghia, Kosuke Nishijima, Tran Thi Hang
Architects: Kuniko Onishi, Tran Thi Thanh Tuyen, Tran Vo Kien, Victor Llavata
Client: Phuc Khang Corporation

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