Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Vo Trong Nghia, Kosuke Nishijima , Tran Thi Hang
Kuniko Onishi, Tran Thi Thanh Tuyen, Tran Vo Kien, Victor Llavata
Phuc Khang Corporation
VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
Being 3.5km away the center of Ho Chi Minh City, “Diamond Lotus” is a set of three condominium buildings for 720 families. The three volumes are appropriate for large-scale housing and the roof of each is connected to resonate with Vietnamese Feng Shui. The connected roof provides the residents with a large green space, which rarely occurs in the city. The facades, however, are covered with planter boxes that control heat gain the powerful tropical sunlight. Bamboo is chosen to be planted throughout each 22-story building because of its structural flexibility against storms. While other developments are expediting the loss of greenery in the city, the “green bridge” and green facade of this project are regarded as not only a dedication to the comfort of inhabitants, but also a contribution to the landscape, appearing as a “green screen” in the city. Within the urban density of small and humble houses without greenery, this project will provide the first green landmark in Ho Chi Minh City to change the inactive mindset created by lack of greenery.
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