With modern architecture, especially urban designs, focusing on newer concepts and materials, the beauty of nature often gets forgotten. The Stacking Green shows that modern architecture can still be cutting edge while going back to its roots.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects is known for specializing in contemporary design that experiments with light, wind, water, and the use of natural and local materials. Their style is clearly evident in the Stacking Green. A typical tube house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the Stacking Green was designed for a couple in their thirties and their mother. The front and back facades of the house are where nature merges with design as layers of concrete planters are filled with a variety of plant-life. The plants are watered as rainwater is collected and dispersed through the automatic irrigation pipes inside the planters. To top things off, the house continues the merger with nature through a wonderful roof garden.
In addition to bringing some nature into their home, the design also has some other benefits. Direct sunlight, street noise, and pollution are reduced by the green façade and roof garden. The porous facades and 2 skylights allow wind to flow throughout the house. Despite the tropical climate, the liberal wind flow and other passive design methods have allowed the inhabitants to rarely use their air conditioner and keeping electricity fees to just about $25 a month.
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