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VTN | Vo Trong Nghia Architects - House for Trees © Vo Trong Nghia Architects 2013

Le projet «Maison pour les arbres" de la Sarl de l’architecte Vo Trong Nghia a remporté le prix AR House Awards 2014 qui est décerné chaque année par le célèbre magazine britannique Architectural Review aux meilleures œuvres architecturales dans le monde. La «Maison pour les arbres" est un complexe de maisons construites en coffrage de bambou dans l’arrondissement de Tân Binh à Hô Chi Minh-Ville. Il comprend cinq blocs prismatiques distincts, dont chacun contient un arbre planté sur le toit. Ce concept a battu des centaines d'autres bâtiments pour emporter ce prix réputé car elle est une solution à la pollution d’environnement et au manque d'espaces verts dans les villes. VNA/CVN

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VTN | Vo Trong Nghia Architects - House for Trees © Vo Trong Nghia Architects 2013

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.