Vo Trong Nghia Architects recently unveiled their latest verdant, eco-friendly design: the Green City Hall, a new plant-covered municipal building for the Vietnamese city of Bac Ninh. Set on a seven-hectare site in the heart of Bac Ninh, the city hall proposal covers two blocks and comprises a pair of leaning terraced towers with lush landscaped balconies on every level. The Green City Hall was conceived to help the local government achieve their goals of developing a more energy-efficient city.
“The proposal is conceived as the catalyst for the future green development of Bac Ninh City,” said Vo Trong Nghia Architects, according to Dezeen. “[It] is perceived as the new symbol of the city, which unites both greenery and culture together.” The two towers lean inwards as if to evoke the image of two hands pressed together in greeting and to symbolize respect between the government and its citizens. One tower will house the government offices, while the other comprises a citizen center and party office.
The project will include a total floor area of 36,000 square meters. Four elevated planted walkways connect the two towers between the seventh and 18th floors. Ample glazing lets in natural light and brings views of greenery indoors; the interior balconies will also be covered in lush plantings. The top floor will feature a publicly accessible observation deck.
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