Vo Trong Nghia's Babylon hotel. Photograph by Hiroyuki Oki
Vo Trong Nghia is fast establishing himself as one of the leading global players.
The Ho Chi Minh City-based architect is perhaps best known for his
pioneering work with bamboo, but over the last year Nghia displayed a penchant for plants, unveiling several building proposals set to feature greenery in every space possible.
One is a
trio of plant-covered towers linked by bridges, another is a verdant university campus, and there is also a greenery-covered city hall.
But it was a
spa that took its cues from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon that captured readers' attention. Featuring vertical concrete louvres covered in climbing plants, the project received over 22,000 page views.
Nghia, 40, followed this project up with another at the same resort – a
trio of restaurant and bar building with bamboo frames and thatched roofs.
He also triggered a debate during the Venice Architecture Biennale when
he revealed that he makes his staff meditate every day.
Vo Trong Nghia's Babylon hotel building features hanging gardens on its facades
Vo Trong Nghia plans trio of towers covered in bamboo plants and linked by bridges
Vo Trong Nghia unveils tree-covered university campus for Ho Chi Minh City
Vo Trong Nghia adds bamboo restaurant and beach bar to spa resort in Vietnam
Vo Trong Nghia's Farming Kindergarten has a vegetable garden on its looping roof
Dezeen Hot List is a guide to the most newsworthy and searched-for players in the design world in 2016. It is based entirely on audience data, sourced by analysing over 100 million page views and hundreds of thousands of search returns. Read more about the methodology ›