Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed the ‘House for Trees,’ composed of five individual concrete boxes that look like planters and intend to reconnect its residents with the natural environment. It is located in Ho Chi Minh City, a region where only 0.25% of the area is covered with greenery. The project was conceptualized in response to the rapid and near total urbanization of Vietnamese cities.
Description by Vo Trong Nghia Architects:
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.