Q Gallery Building: A large ‘tree pot’ in the city
July 20, 2022
Ho Chi Minh City as the largest urban area in Vietnam is facing problems of pollution and increasing temperatures, hampering citizens’ quality of life. These problems are exacerbated by the growth of hardscaped land alongside a lack of green space.
According to the General Department of Forestry, the ratio of tree cover in Vietnam’s large cities is presently at 2-3 square metres per person. This is well below the United Nations’ minimum target of 10 square metres for each person, and only one-tenth compared to other countries such as Singapore at 30.3 and Germany at 50 square metres per person.
“The mission of architects is to not only fulfil the functional requirements of the investor, but also to ensure a contribution to urban greening,” said the architects behind Q Gallery Building.
This office complex-cum-serviced apartment is located at a branch road to the Vo Van Kiet boulevard. The site is close to houses and schools, giving rise to the need for maintaining privacy and filtering pollution and noise to and from the building.
Design and materials
To deploy greenery in large scale and enhance the microclimate, the architects designed arch-shaped apartment balconies that will be suffused with trees. The office block beneath it is likened to a large pot, while the prominent balconies are the plants that spring forth.
A key technical challenge was to modularise the façade pots in a way that would make them most convenient for construction, while also handling the water supply and drainage for the potted plant system. The solution was to use fibreglass-reinforced concrete panels, which are ultra-light and durable for the water collection system. On the office levels, a combination of solid ‘fins’ and glass, oriented accordingly from the 2nd to the 6th floor, helps to limit radiation by shading the façade.
The project fulfils the client’s requirements of creating a distinct identity while demonstrating a rationale from function to form, based on the desire to create a large ‘tree pot’ in an attempt to Green the city.
Q Gallery Building
Vo Van Kiet Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Under construction (Technical Design)
831.7 square metres
Gross Floor Area
6,254 square metres
15 floors; 4 basements
Vu Hoang Kha
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Civil & Structural Engineer