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“ The Siamese towers ”
Condominium housing inspired by traditional house and garden known as “nhavon”. Two arches of concrete and glass claustra, conceived for interior* exterior living according to Vietnamese vernacular habitats. Naturally ventilated and exterior solar protection for simple bioclimatic environmental control.
|Program||Apartments, hotel, offices & urban park|
|Site||Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam|
|Floor Area||453 000 m2|
|Cost of construction||540 000 000 €|
|Timetable||2010 (not completed)|
|Project Owner||M & C Corporation / Banque du Vietnam|
In Vietnamese the word ‘nhavuon’, means a traditional house or literally means ‘house with garden’. It is difficult to imagine that these two arches of claustra of concrete and glass were conceived in order for more than 400 people to live there according to ancestral traditions. Difficult to imagine too that under this apparent coherent and monumental aesthetic, each one is identifiable from the ground by a play of colors and random strata that makes each of the facades unique.. Difficult to imagine, however, being equipped with all sophistication in terms of air conditioning, the towers can function simply by natural ventilation, as in the past, creating drafts that allow you to refresh yourself and live inside and outside. Difficult to imagine that each house has two or three orientations, no opposite and that to go home, one crosses a “front garden” with panoramic views. And all this by using only the 20% of the floor space that was allocated to the project and without anyone having to live under the shadow of others. It is possible to settle in height at the gates of Ho Chi Minh City very differently from what we are often led to believe …