TreeHugger showed Vo Trong Nghia Architects' extraordinary house in Ho Chi Minh City a while back, but now designboom has a go at it, with glorious photos by Hiroyuki Oki that make it just glow. They write:
dating back to the 1400s.
The building’s front and rear façades are composed entirely of repeated concrete planters. These contain vegetation protecting inhabitants from direct sunlight, as well as noise and pollution emanating from the adjacent street. the greenery continues to the roof terrace where a garden provides views across the neighborhood. From an environmental perspective, the design enables natural ventilation, cooling the structure during Vietnam’s tropical seasons.
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