Trees envelop Stepping Park House by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Vo Trong Nghia Architectshas filled the interiors of ahousein Saigon, Vietnam, with plants and trees to maximise its connection with a neighbouring park.Named Stepping Park House, it is the latest dwelling designed for Vo Trong Nghia Architects ongoing “House for Trees” project.

The project exists to reintroduce green spaces into the country’s increasingly high-density urban areas, and tackle the resulting environmental problems such as urban flooding, overheating and air pollution.

Stepping Park House by Vo Trong Nghia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

“It is a rare opportunity to get a site in Ho Chi Minh city, which is adjacent to a green public space,” said the studio.

“We therefore focused on designing a house which becomes an extension of its environment by integrating the green of the park into the interior space of the house. It gives a feeling of continuity of the park, to all three floors of the building, and creates an environment similar to a forest, despite being indoors.”

Stepping Park House by Vo Trong Nghia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Stepping Park House is centred around a large void that cuts diagonally through three floors of the building. It is enclosed by large windows that are faced by an ivy-covered metal grid.

It hosts a series of interconnected common spaces, including a ground floor living room that opens out to the park, and a family room on the top floor that leads onto a roof terrace.

Each of these spaces are fitted out with an abundance of trees and plants, which are incorporated into pebble-lined panels in the floor.

Family room in Stepping Park House by Vo Trong Nghia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The void also serves a functional purpose, facilitating natural ventilation, providing natural light, and enclosing all of the building’s circulation – including a discreet staircase the leads down to a hidden basement.

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