The best house in 2012 : Stacking Green, Saigon, Vietnam.

Edited by: Eugenia Gotti

Architecture: Stacking Green

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, Shunri Nishizawa (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.)
Where: Saigon, Vietnam

Photo by: Hiroyuki Oki

Translation assistant: Bianca Baroni



Over 70,000 people voted for ArchDaily, one of the most followed architectural magazine, that presents the winners of the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards.


For the category Houses the winner is Stacking Green, a project by Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, Shunri Nishizawa.


Built for a couple and one of their mothers, the building is 20m deep but just 4m wide, typical of the narrow but long ‘tube houses’ common in Vietnam. It’s essentially one giant vertical garden, where the top light streams through the huge gap, and the side walls give protection from harsh elements that are so privy to the landscape. 



The house structure is a RC frame structure widely used in Vietnam. The partition walls are very few in order to keep an interior fluency and the view of green façades from every point of the house. 



They are watered using an integrated irrigation system. In a hot, tropical climate such as Saigon, the house takes full advantage of the traditional Saigonese bioclimactic courtyard house design— Stacking Green allows cross breezes to  flow at will and the plants provide shade, both measures which dramatically reduce energy use. Further, the plants clean the air, reducing air borned pollutants in the home. 





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About the Author

My career started studying classic literature and humanities, after that, I chose to attend the college of Architecture in the University of Trieste, Italy, my hometown and the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura in the Politecnico of Valencia, Spain.
When I came back to Italy, I collaborated as tutor in the IUAV (University IUAV of Venezia) and in the University of Trieste.
In 2011, I started working as architect in London, meanwhile I joined the Posi+tive Magazine's architectural department as editor.
In 2012 I began a new activity, as co-founder of zero40lab, an architecture laboratory in Italy.

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