Nghia’s green architecture focuses on sustainable bamboo

Photo by Diane Cowen


Putting a tree on a building doesn’t make it green, says Vo Trong Nghia, one of Vietnam’s most innovative and progressive architects. It encourages the use of architecture as a measure to reduce carbon emissions and combat air pollution.

A new two-volume monograph of Nghia’s work – “Vo Trong Nghia: Building Nature”, with an introduction by renowned architecture writer Philip Jodidio – shows building design through a different prism: the meditative nature of Buddhism. .

Nghia is connected to nature and spirituality, spending three years studying and meditating at a Buddhist center. His work abounds with gardens and greenery inside and outside homes, hotels and even schools.

One volume focuses on greenery and the other on bamboo, a sustainable building material it uses in fascinating ways, as shaded art installations, domed roofs for bars, and even as a decorative covering for ceilings.

In addition to introducing you to new ideas, the places of construction in the books across Vietnam will introduce you to both rural and urban life.

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