House for Trees, an innovative project in Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects has won a World Architecture Festival Award.
The house is located in Tan Binh District, the most densely populated residential areas in Ho Chi Minh City, where many small houses crowd together. The house is designed as an accumulation of small fragments, symbolic of the less than 0.25% of the city that is still covered with greenery in a country that was once covered by dense tropical forests.
Winning from a shortlist of 17 entries, the judges’ citation states:
“House for Trees is a generous and ecologically sensitive response to the intensity of urbanisation. Radically conceptualising the idea of the traditional courtyard house, the project combines formal invention with technical finesse to create a pragmatic and poetic prototype for greening the city.”