#architecture #plants #sustainability #Vietnam

November 1, 2022

Grace Ebert

All images by Hiroyuki Oki, courtesy of the architects

In an industrial park 50 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City, a 30,000 square meter building demonstrates the possibilities of a more sustainable future for manufacturing. The Jakob Factory is a project between Rollimarchini Architects and G8A Architects, who designed the tropical oasis amid the largely concrete structures of the commercial area.

Plants cover the porous three-story facade made of steel and latticework. Vertical construction was a key factor in the project as it contrasts with conventional sprawling designs typical of manufacturing which require more land and greater disruption to the local environment. The living elements protect the interior from rain and sunlight, provide natural ventilation, regulate temperature and help purify the air of dust and other particles. Trees and grassy mounds also sit in a central courtyard, with the green structure surrounding the open space.

The sustainability-focused project received the bestarchitects 2023 award and was included in Dezeen’s 2022 shortlist.

A photo of a building covered in plants

A photo of an interior plant with a wall covered in plants

A photo of an indoor plant with exterior walls covered in plants

A photo of a building covered in plants

A photo of a building covered in plants

An aerial photo of a courtyard in a building

Image by Severin Jakob

#architecture #plants #sustainability #Vietnam

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