Read about Part 1 of Rebel Architecture, here.
‘Rebel Architecture’ was a documentary series produced by Doha based Al Jazeera that showcased architects from around the world engaging in practices that break away from the stereotypical genre of architecture and focus on creating spaces that enhance the community and society.
In Ho Chi Minh City, architect Vo Trong Nghia is working to solve problems caused by the population crisis and the dwindling green spaces in Vietnam.
With Vietnam occupied by a ginormous number of motorcycles, pollution levels have skyrocketed and residents are at high-risk. To add to the woes, the architecture of the city has failed to reflect a much needed upgrade to face the fast changing society.
Vo Trong Nghia has been shaping his work to reflect his appreciation for natural ventilation and the implementation of green spaces, both, inside and outside the built space.
With the ‘House for Trees’, the emphasis has been on generating a dialog with the green spaces by moving them above the living spaces and creating a canopy that shades the site. Over the years, Vo Trong Nghia has become an acclaimed architect for his use of bamboo and implementation of green spaces within each of his works.
In the ‘Wind and Water’ bar, the entire structure was conceived as a bamboo dome that sits around a moat of water, without the use of any steel or concrete.
One of the most remarkable projects carried out by the architect is the low-cost housing designed on the banks of the Mekong Delta. The houses are made entirely of pre-fab concrete with an infill of leaf panels.
By rigorously enforcing a type of architecture that focuses more on the environment while still meeting the end goal of consumerism opens up an extensive array of options for how we are going to design our cities and how the masses are going to occupy and build spaces in the future.