House for trees

House for trees




Private House


Tan Binh , Ho Chi Minh city

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Principal Architect:

Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima

Design team:

Nguyen Tat Dat


Wind and Water Joint Stock Company




Hiroyuki Oki

Under rapid urbanization, cities in Vietnam have diverged far away 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.


AR House Awards/ First Prize/ House for Trees

World Architecture Festival/ Winner [Category: House- Completed]/ House for Trees

FuturArc Green Leadership Award/ Winner [Category: Residential — Individual Houses]/ House for Trees

Green Good Design Awards/ Winner/ House for Trees

International Architecture Awards/ Winner/ House for Trees

ARCASIA Awards for Architecture/ Honorable Mention [Category: A-1 Single Family Residential Projects]/ House for Trees

A^ Design Award and Competition/ Silver A^ Design Award Winner [Category: Architecture, Building and Structure Design]/ House for Trees