Vietnam pavilion site was only 887sqm and after deducting set back from the site it was left to less than 400sqm, however the pavilion is realized as a forest with forty six trees above the building with an intension of the environmental conditions below the trees. Our proposal is to bring back the trees to the cityscape in order to share the importance of nature and regenerate living in harmony with nature. Not only do the trees provide the visual and emotional impact to the human beings but also drop the shadows on the building in order to block the solar radiation. In addition, the trees further create a refreshing breeze along with the pool, to enable energy-saving operation of the building while providing a comfortable place in the surrounding area.
Bamboo is another construction material of this pavilion, bamboo has a very rich and strong relationship with the Vietnamese culture and life scene.
Twenty Vietnamese bamboo craftsmen who are educated through bamboo building projects installed the bamboo parts which show the Vietnamese spirit of manufacture.
We propose concept called “Building for trees” for future cities which give joy of the living to people.

Milan, Italy
Site plan
Design credit
Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects)
Principal Architect
Vo Trong Nghia
Association Architect
Takashi Niwa
Marek Obtulovic, Nguyen Viet Hung, Nguyen Ba Tuong, Raffaello Rosselli, Dau Nhat Quang, Hoang Quoc Bao
Systematica Srl – Dynamic modeling of internal mobility
Proger Spa, BMS Progetti – Engineering and management
Zomraude Chantal Chalouhi – Fire safety
Main Contractor
Proger Spa
Bamboo Contractor
Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects)
PHOTOGRAPHERS4EXPO – Saverio Lombardi Vallauri
VEFAC (Vietnam Exhibition and Fair Center) – representative of Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism