Vietnam Pavilion in EXPO Milano



Vietnam pavilion site was only 887sqm and after deducting the set back from the site it was left to less than 400sqm. Regardless, 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 was 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 the concept called “Building for trees” for future cities which give joy of the living to people.

Status: 04.2015
Program: Pavilion
Location: Milan, Italy
Site plan: 887m2
GFA: 571m2
Design credit: VTN Architects
Principal Architect: Vo Trong Nghia
Associate Architect: Takashi Niwa
Architects: Marek Obtulovic, Nguyen Viet Hung, Nguyen Ba Tuong, Raffaello Rosselli, Dau Nhat Quang, Hoang Quoc Bao
Consultants: 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)
Photographs: PHOTOGRAPHERS4EXPO – Saverio Lombardi Vallauri
Client: VEFAC (Vietnam Exhibition and Fair Center) – representative of Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism