Under rapid urbanization, cities in Vietnam have diverged far from their origins as sprawling tropical forests. The lack of green causes various social problems such as air pollution due to over-abundance of motorbikes, air pollution, flood and heat island effect. In this context, new generations in urban areas are losing their connection with nature. Moreover, the country is facing changes as it moves to a manufacturing based economy, taking its toll on the environment. Increased droughts, floods and salinization jeopardize food supplies.

“Urban Farming Office”, is an effort to change this situation. The aim of project is to return green space to the city and promote safe food production. Located in a newly developed area in Ho Chi Minh City, the office project demonstrates the possibility of vertical urban farming. Its facade consists of hanged planter boxes with various local vegetations, allowing them to obtain sufficient sunlight. This green approach will provide safe food and comfortable environment with minimum energy consumption, contributing to the sustainable future of city.

Environmental strategies

The “vertical farm” creates comfortable microclimate throughout the building. Combined with glazing, the vegetation filters direct sunlight and purifies air. It is irrigated with stored rainwater while evaporation cools the air. Conversely the northern wall is relatively solid for future extension, with small openings to enhance cross ventilation. It is made of double-layered brick wall with air layer inside for better insulation property. All of these contributes to reduce the use of air conditioner.

Farming system

The “vertical farm” is designed for vegetation with simple construction method- it consists of concrete structure, steel supporting and modularized planter boxes hanged there. Planter boxes are replaceable, therefore they can be flexibly arranged in accordance with height and growing condition of plants, providing sufficient sunlight. Together with  roof garden and ground, the system provides up to 190% of green ratio to the site area, which is equivalent to 1.1 tons of harvest. Various local edible plants, such as vegetable, herb and fruit tree, are selected contributing to biodiversity of the region. They are maintained with organic treatment method.

Office credit: VTN Architects(Vo Trong Nghia Architects)

Principal architects: (Not confirmed yet)

Project architects: (Not confirmed yet)

Status : Under construction

Program : Office

Location : District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Site area : 300m2

GFA : 1,386m2

Client : VTN Architects(Vo Trong Nghia Architects)