The nature-loving firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects just unveiled their design for a translucent office building in Ho Chi Minh City. The ten-story tower, which will be the headquarters of electric company Nanoco, will be infused with various tree-filled terraces in an attempt to combat the city’s notorious pollution – and provide a healthy workspace on the interior.


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The large tower is comprised of translucent glass blocks that are obliquely stacked, creating pockets of open terrace space throughout the design. The terraces will be used to plant large trees that will pull double duty as a filter against direct solar exposure during the daytime and create a healthy ambience throughout the building’s interior. Additionally, the translucent cladding provides the city with a glowing beacon during the night.

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The first four stories of the Nanoco building will house a showroom and community area, while the upper six floors will be used as office space. A multi-functional space on the first floor will be used for events and exhibitions throughout the year.

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