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Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam
Designed to evoke the image of a flying dragon, the building’s curved shape and green additions help to soften the harsh appearance of stacked modular concrete blocks. Since the building serves as the gateway to the school, the architects used its prominent position in the landscape to promote sustainable development in Vietnam, a country suffering from increasing pollution due to rapid industrialization.
To cut down on the building’s reliance on air conditioning, the architects oriented the building to face the prevailing wind to take advantage of cross ventilation. The large trees located in each balcony helps cool the airflow before it reaches the interior. The shallow plan and abundant glazing allow natural light to filter through the building and reduces dependence on artificial lighting.
Images via Vo Trong Nghia Architects
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