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Community green forest house showcase for our urban future | Upload Green Architecture

Green Forest House Showcase For Our Urban Future

by: Jans Jansen
green forest house showcase for our urban future | Upload

Trees burst through walls of Ha Long Villa by Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Vo Trong Nghia Architects has built a house on Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay with trees growing through its concrete walls.

Green Forest House

Big rectangular openings dot the concrete facade of Ha Long Villa, and each one contains a tree. The Ho Chi Minh City studio, which won Architect of the Year at last year's Dezeen Awards, wanted to give residents the experience of living in nature.

concrete walls, rectangle opening, trees

"We have designed a sustainable home that exists in harmony with the surrounding environment and seeks to become part of its landscape," explained the studio, which also goes by the name VTN Architects.

Forest House Showcase For Our Urban Future

'The main concept of the house is to create a space where people can live in a forest.' The building is one of many new homes that have been constructed on Ha Long Bay, as Vietnam's coastline continues to experience a tourism boom. The bay is one of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country.

sesai, islands, boats, halong Bay

VTN Architects hopes this house, which is part-building and part-landscape, can serve as a reminder about the importance of maintaining a balance between the two.

Green Forest House: Our Urban Future

Ha Long Villa is a pentagonal in plan and contains six floors. These are connected by a staircase that spirals up around the perimeter.

design forest house

Recommended: Sustainable University Hanoi: By Vo Trong Nghia Architects


                       Anther forest house by Vo Trong Nghia Architects: Stepping Park House, Ho Chi Minh City 

 

Planting boxes are slotted into the gaps between different sections of the staircase, creating plenty of space for the trees to grow.

staircase, walss, rectangel openings, trees

Window openings align with the trees, allowing room for the branches to grow out. Creating this 'buffer zone' around the exterior of the building has other benefits, too, it helps to cool the interior without the need for air conditioning naturally.

Forest House

This buffer space between the interior and exterior spaces protects the house against the hot climate and noise.

house, rectangle openings, trees, plants

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Green Forest House Showcase: Interior

The architects chose wood-textured concrete for the exterior wall, to give the building a natural, rock-like aesthetic. Inside, this textured surface is swapped for more traditional domestic finishes, including wooden floors, smooth-rendered walls, and curtains.

interior, forest house, bench, stair, lamp

Living spaces can be found on the two lower levels, while bedrooms occupy the second, third, and fourth floors. The fifth floor contains a garden where residents can grow their vegetables.

bed, interior, wooden floor, bookshelve, windows, trees, house

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"These distinctive spaces offer residents options in their daily lives, like whether to dine inside or outside on a particular day," said VTN Architects. Ha Long Villa forms part of the series House for Trees, a collection of tree-covered houses that VTN Architects has been building across Vietnam in the past decade.

The first House for Trees, completed in 2014, featured a series of concrete blocks that looked like oversized pot plants. Others include the geometric Binh House and the multi-level Ha House.

Forest house, rectangle opengs, trees, plants, lights, evening

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Green Forest House Showcase For Our Urban Future

Trees burst through walls of Ha Long Villa by Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Vo Trong Nghia Architects has built a house on Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay with trees growing through its concrete walls. Green Forest House Big rectangular openings dot the concrete facade of Ha Long Villa, and each one contains a tree. The Ho Chi Minh City studio, which won Architect of the Year at last year's Dezeen Awards, wanted to give residents the experience of living in nature. "We have designed a sustainable home that exists in harmony with the surrounding environment and seeks to become part of its landscape," explained the studio, which also goes by the name VTN Architects. Forest House Showcase For Our Urban Future 'The main concept of the house is to create a space where people can live in a forest.' The building is one of many new homes that have been constructed on Ha Long Bay, as Vietnam's coastline continues to experience a tourism boom. The bay is one of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. VTN Architects hopes this house, which is part-building and part-landscape, can serve as a reminder about the importance of maintaining a balance between the two. Green Forest House: Our Urban Future Ha Long Villa is a pentagonal in plan and contains six floors. These are connected by a staircase that spirals up around the perimeter. Recommended:  Sustainable University Hanoi: By Vo Trong Nghia Architects {youtube}                        Anther forest house by Vo Trong Nghia Architects: Stepping Park House, Ho Chi Minh City    Planting boxes are slotted into the gaps between different sections of the staircase, creating plenty of space for the trees to grow. Window openings align with the trees, allowing room for the branches to grow out. Creating this 'buffer zone' around the exterior of the building has other benefits, too, it helps to cool the interior without the need for air conditioning naturally. Forest House This buffer space between the interior and exterior spaces protects the house against the hot climate and noise. Recommended:  Tiny Houses And Food Forests Good For Climate And Sustainability Green Forest House Showcase: Interior The architects chose wood-textured concrete for the exterior wall, to give the building a natural, rock-like aesthetic. Inside, this textured surface is swapped for more traditional domestic finishes, including wooden floors, smooth-rendered walls, and curtains. Living spaces can be found on the two lower levels, while bedrooms occupy the second, third, and fourth floors. The fifth floor contains a garden where residents can grow their vegetables. Recommended:  Solar-Powered Eco Home With Gardens on All Floors: Argentina "These distinctive spaces offer residents options in their daily lives, like whether to dine inside or outside on a particular day," said VTN Architects. Ha Long Villa forms part of the series House for Trees, a collection of tree-covered houses that VTN Architects has been building across Vietnam in the past decade. The first House for Trees, completed in 2014, featured a series of concrete blocks that looked like oversized pot plants. Others include the geometric Binh House and the multi-level Ha House. Before you go! Recommended:  Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about green architecture?  What you gain?  Extra: Global exposure, a valuable backlink!
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