Projects That Made Vo Trong Nghia Winner Of 6 Green Wood Awards
Renowned Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia recently won six Green Wood awards for as many projects promoting sustainable urban architecture. Contemporary in his style, Nghia has been working widely on creating ecological structures using cheap, local and durable material.
Born into a family of farmers, Nghia, 40, studied architecture from the Nagoya Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo.
MakaanIQ takes you on a tour of his award-winning works.
Community House, Ho Chi Minh
Located on the artificial islet near Ho Chi Minh, Diamond Island, the Community House is a mix of eight bamboo domes. These domes are surrounded by high-rise condominiums. A community centre to hold various public events, the bamboo stalks are interwoven to form a 24-metre diameter dome. It gives a look of a bamboo basket placed upside down. The complete area is a mix of contemporary and traditional architecture.
FPT University Building, Hanoi
The architect has designed the first stage of a larger master plan to convert the Hanoi-based university into an environment-conscious one. The white facade of the building, which is a gateway to the campus, is filled with greens. Designed to give the look of a chequerboard, the tree-filled balconies add to the charm.
Naman Babylon, Da Nang
The hotel building of the Naman Retreat Resort, which is covered in greens, complements the beachside and the sea. Located on the main road, the green visually creates a barrier between the structure and the road, giving the much-needed privacy to guests. Running three floors with 32 rooms, the L-shaped building has a swimming pool in the centre. The green front consists of a combination of trees and vines, planted along the corridors and balconies.
Naman Hay Hay Restaurant, Da Nang
This is another structure made of bamboo, which has a significant place in Vietnamese culture. The restaurant was designed using 29 differently shaped bamboo columns and two domes. The most eye-catching part of the eating place is the 8.5-metre-high bamboo hyperboloid shell. A beauty to behold, the restaurant, a part of the Naman Retreat Resort in Da Nang, offers a view of a swimming pool as well as the beach.
S House 3, Ho Chi Minh
This is a prototype home developed to promote housing among the low-income groups of the country. The house has been designed with a combination of durability, flexibility and easier construction, keeping affordability and movability in mind. Made of steel lattice walls that secure the complete structure, it reduces the number of beams to be installed, thus bringing down the weight of the construction substantially. The structure, the architect claims, can be assembled in half a day by six people.
Vietnam Pavilion, Milan
The pavillion was set up at the EXPO Milano in April 2015. The vision was to promote the need for trees in the urban landscape. The site, 887 sq m, was given the look of a forest with 46 trees installed on the top of the building, as well as on bamboo structures that represented the cityscape. While the complete structure promoted the vision, the trees in real time kept the pavillion away from the sun radiation, keeping the area cool. The project was completed by 20 Vietnamese bamboo craftsmen.