Architecture

There is no reason to trust the first impression

Set on 4 meters wide and 20 meters deep plot.

There is no reason to trust the first impression

In 2011, architect Koji Tsutsui won in Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates World Building of the Year in the category housing house.

The house was designed as a cluster of small mountain cabins and showed Japanese architecture at its finest.

In the same competition, the architects at Snøhetta won the World Building of the Year award at the visiting center.

This tropical house in Saigon, Vietnam, won this year the world’s best residential home during the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2012 in Singapore. It was designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects,

The building was chosen by a jury consisting of renowned architects and designers who raise the house as a whole piece of architecture with a clear vision.

According to the jury, it is a remarkable building, with lush architecture, ecological approach and lighter poetry. In addition, it represents an unpretentious use of materials.

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Superior inventiveness

It is the fifth year World Architecture Festival Awards have been distributed.

The winning projects all had to show technical understanding and superior ingenuity. In other words, it is not a simple task to win in Singapore. This year’s projects must also reflect the theme of the festival ‘Review and renew’ and promote the need for innovative approaches to existing buildings and areas.

Covered by plants

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

The house, named “Stacking Green”, is drawn to a thirty-year-old couple and their mother built on a 4 meter wide and 20 meter deep plot. The front and back façade is fully covered with green plants. An automatic irrigation system provides easy maintenance.

In the morning and afternoon, the sunlight passes through the amount of leaves in both facades and creates a fantastic toy on the walls. The house has also got a roof garden and lifts the resident from the noise of an extremely densely populated city.

According to Vo Trong Nghia Architects, they have thought that the green facade and the garden at the top will protect residents from direct sunlight, street noise and pollution.

Green housing

In Saigon, extensive use of tropical plants and flowers is on the balconies, courtyards and streets.

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

As such, the house can be read as a new interpretation of this green custom. The architect’s goal is, in any case, that there will be more tropical green spaces in the future and hope that the house will allow Saigon to be more concerned with green homes in the future.

The sunlight shining through the leaves creates great shadow effects on the granite wall, Vo Trong Nghia Architects points out..

Could also fit into Oslo

– When can we see such a house in Norwegian housing?

– In normal housing, this would be very strange. But it could certainly have been in an urban setting in Oslo or in other major cities in Norway. In any case, it is very exciting, says President Kim Skaara of the Norwegian Architectural Association (NAL)

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

He thinks the use of plants and roof gardens – and to build elegant, but smart in small areas is interesting. Sustainable architecture and the use of a fifth facade, that is, the roof, Skaara is by the way sure we will see more of.

– We will also see buildings where environmental technology will characterize the architectural design. That’s how it’s a model.

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There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Hiroyuki Oki / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Illustration: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Illustration: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

There is no reason to trust the first impression

World’s Best Housing Home 2012 Photo: Illustration: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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