Located in the hills of Khe Sanh, south of Dalat City, in the highlands, this 2-hectare site opens out to a valley. The farm is intended as a prototype project, blending architecture, landscape and economic interests—taking into consideration the ecological environment, especially soil, water and the biosphere.
Seeking an alternative to the dominant model of omnipresent monocultures and greenhouses, which are the main reasons behind poor soil quality, groundwater quality and groundwater reserves, the project team developed an approach relying on polyculture, combining crops and animal husbandry without chemically interfering with the biological processes.
The built structure thus comes into a complex dialogue with the environment, a relation that acknowledges soil and water as a collective reserve that brings together energy and nutrients for various organisms.
Stocking and using rainwater to irrigate the farm is one of the project’s main concerns. A water basin in the middle of the site would be renovated to serve not only as an aesthetic element, but also for regulating irrigation.
Another challenge is to work on a site that was severely damaged by violent earthwork by the previous users—the project team decided not to build the modules directly on the ground, but to have an air layer in between; the foundation is carefully considered by not cutting through the trees’ roots.
Nguyen Anh Cuong
|Mechanical & Electrical Engineer|
|Gross Floor Area|
660 square metres
|Civil & Structural Engineers|
Nguyen An; Nguyen Hoang Bach
|Number of Rooms|