Trees Building, a branch bank of ABBANK, is an office building project in Danang, Vietnam. The theme of its design is a co-existence of the rapid development and abundant nature of the seaside city.

Giant order, a classical style with two-storey-height columns dating back to Alberti, has been typically used for bank buildings all over the world to symbolize their authority and stability. Our idea is to integrate this traditional architectural vocabulary with the criteria of contemporary green buildings.

The facade of the building is composed of rows of colossal double-height columns, which are designed not only as load-bearing elements but also as devices to plant big trees on their tops. In order to resist against strong wind in Danang, trees need to be rooted deeply. Therefore, the colossal columns have been designed to keep a deep layer of soil inside, devoting some floor area for trees.

Development design
Branch bank office
Danang, Vietnam
2358 m2 (8 floors)
Design credit
Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects)
Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto