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Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa

Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa
Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, Shunri Nishizawa (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.) Location: Saigon, Vietnam Photographers: Hiroyuki Oki Whoever wanders around Saigon, a chaotic city with the highest density of population in the world, can easily find flower-pots crampped and displayed here and there all around the streets. This interesting custom has formed the amused character of Saigon over a long period of time and Saigonese love their life with a large variety of tropical plants and flowers in their balconies, courtyards and streets. The house, designed for a thirty-years-old couple and their mother, is a typical tube house constructed on the plot 4m wide and 20m deep. The front and back façades are entirely composed of layers of concrete planters cantilevered from two side walls. The distance between the planters and the height of the planters are adjusted according to the height of the plants, which varies from 25 cm to 40 cm.

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Bamboo Wing / Vo Trong Nghia Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, Vinh Phuc province, Vietnam Completion Year: 2010 Construction Area: 1,600 sqm Photo credit (construction): Vo TrongNghia Co., Ltd. Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki Inspired by nature, “Bamboo wing” takes the form of bird wings and floats over the natural landscape of the site situated near Hanoi, Vietnam. The aim of the project was to study bamboo and the potential space it can create by using bamboo not only as a finishing material but as a structural one. This building is a pure bamboo structure, using no steel or other man-made structural materials. This unique structure, flying over the sky as bird wings, allows us to experience a 12 meter open space without any vertical columns.The open space can be used for many purposes such as wedding parties, live music concerts, ceremonies etc.

wNw Bar / Vo Trong Nghia Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Location: Phu Tho district, Thu Dau Mot Town, Binh Duong, Vietnam Project Completion: 2008 Construction Area: 250 sqm Photographer: Phan Quang The Nw bar is located in an artificial lake next to the wNw café. To create a contrasting space to the cafe, the bar is designed as an enclosed space which can be used for different purposes such as music concerts, shows, ceremonies etc. A structural bamboo arch system was designed for this dome; 10m high and spanning 15m across. Binh Duong School / Vo Trong Nghia + Shunri Nishizawa + Daisuke Sanuki Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Shunri Nishizawa, Daisuke Sanuki (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.) Location: Binh Dương City, Vietnam Area: 5,300 sqm Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki Binh Duong, a new city which is 30 minutes away from Ho Chi Minh City, has a typical tropical climate all year round. The site is located in the middle of a flourishing forest with a wide variety of green and fruits, running rampant.

LAM Café / a21 studio Architects: a21 studio – Nguyen Hoa Hiep, Nguyen Qui Nhon Location: NhaTrang, Vietnam Year: 2011 Photographs: Hiroyukioki Located in the city center of NhaTrang, LAM Café is the place where the local people and the tourists from every where can come to enjoy not only coffee but also the architectural space. The name of LAM, which means ‘louvers’ in English, expresses the structure and the architectural concept by itself. wNw Cafe / Vo Trong Nghia Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Location: Binh Duong Province, Vietnam Completion: 2006 Project team: Minoru Sakata, Hisanori Ohara, Nguyen Hoa Hiep Photographs: Dinh Thu Thuy, Hiroyuki Oki We already published two projects by vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia, the wNw Bar and the Bamboo Wing. Both of them showcased a correlation between modern architecture and nature, with heavy use of bamboo and wood.

I Resort / a21 studio Architects: a21 studio – Hiep Hoa Nguyen, Nhon Qui Nguyen, Hang Thi Tran, Tien Giao Ngo, Toan Dinh Nghiem Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam Model: Duy Huu Nguyen, Dung Van Nguyen Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki In order to meet the increasing need of mud bath, i resort with Vietnam traditional architecture and innovation in space and structure gives new experience to tourists in Vietnam. The resort is located in a small hill near the main river separating from Nha Trang city centre has the necessary calm, which help tourists enjoying high class mud bath services. In the first stage, the project aims to deliver testing hot springs on 7 ha over 30 ha in total. In general, by using wood, rock, and local coconut leaf, lively materials, i resort is filled with harmony and native feelings.

Vo Trong Nghia named Vietnamese Architect of the Year By popular vote on the architectural website, Vo Trong Nghia has been announced as Vietnam’s Architect of the Year 2012. The Quang Binh native was awarded over two other nominees after a four day public vote. A graduate of Japan’s Nagoya Institute of Technology class of 2002, Vo Trong Nghia leads an award-wining, self-titled practice known for its intricate bamboo and sustainable structures. View a selection of his work after the break. wNw Cafe / Vo Trong Nghia Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa

3×9 House / a21 studio Even in Ho Chi Minh, a chaotic and highly density city, a 3 m wide and 9 m deep plot in a narrow street is still considered as a thorny problem for renovating an old house to a more comfortable and functional space. The house is designed for a middle age woman and her friend, who are inspired by music and beauty of nature. The modesty and cleanliness are the first impressions of the house look. Horizontal louvers embellished with some flowers give distinction but not strange to its exterior in compare with neighbours.

Bamboo Booth 2012 / Vo Trong Nghia Architect: Vo Trong Nghia Location: Hanoi, Vietnam Architects in charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Takashi Niwa, Kosuke Nishijima Completion: April 2012 Photographs: Nguyen Quang Phuc, Vo Trong Nghia This exposition booth was exhibited in the “Vietnam Architecture Exhibition 2012″, held in Hanoi for 5 days in April, 2012. With the dimension of 3 x 8.6 m rectangle and 4.2-meter high and more than 10-ton weight, the booth was constructed in two days by using approximately 500 bamboos as the only material. Bamboos were chosen to express Vietnamese architecture culture. To cope up with the short construction time period, bamboos are placed straightly like brickwork to create massive wall, floor and roof in a minimalist manner.

Gia Lai House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects – Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, Shunri Nishizawa Location: Gia Lai, Vietnam Contractor: wind and water house JSC Total Floor Area: 510 sqm Building Height: 11.5m (3stories) Completion date: Oct. 2011 Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki This is an individual residence located in Gia Lai city, Middle Vietnam. The site is 7 m wide and 40 m deep, which is the typical conditions for ”Tube House” in Vietnam. As is often the case with “Tube House”, Housing Planning is strongly influenced only by the layout of “Rooms” and “Corridor” since too many bedrooms are required in a narrow site. In this case, we designed the corridor not as a simple and boring path but as a continuous and sequential space which becomes Living space, Dining space and also outside Living space, changing its width and height as people step into the house. For the wall of this corridor, we stacked 4m-length granite stones made in Gia Lai city as a reflector of the various top-light.

Dai Lai Conference Hall / Vo Trong Nghia Architects Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa Contractor: Hong Hac Dai Lai JSC + Wind and Water House JSC Area: 730 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki A residential resort, named Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, was planned and partly constructed for busy city citizens to enjoy their weekend in the nature. It is located in the middle of flourishing forests between Dai Lai Lake and surrounding mountains, which are about 50 km away from Hanoi. The guests of this resort enjoy the beautiful landscape inlayed with numerous natural objects, plants and flowers, escaping from their daily life in cramped quarters. The lot of Dai Lai Conference Hall is located beside the main access road, which is used as an enterway of the whole resort; the building welcomes all visitors when they come.

House in Go Vap / MM++ Architects Architects: MM++ Architects / Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Project Architect: My An Pham Thi Built Area: 255 sqm Completion: 2012 Photographs: Nam Bui The house is built on a 8m wide and 22m deep plot in a residential district of Saigon. Designed for a couple and their 3 young kids, the house is organized in two parts : A first block in the front with entrance, living area and kitchen, merged all together in one large open space, encouraging interaction between family’s members.

Stone House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects Location: Dong Trieu, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam Contractor: wNw House JSC Year: 2011 Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki This torus-shaped stone house is located in a quiet residential quarter beside the way to Ha Long Bay from Hanoi. A rising green roof and walls composed of subdued color stones in dark blue create a landscape, which stands out in the new residential area. The rooms surround the oval courtyard, making a colony-like relationship with each other.

a21house / a21 studio Architects: a21 studio Location: Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 40.0 sqm Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki “Every morning, the first thing that I would like to have is drawing first lines in a comfortable and joyful mind. I used to dream of an office-house for not travelling in a frequent traffic-jam and highly polluted place like Hochiminh City.