Vo Trong Nghia's Babylon hotel. Photograph by Hiroyuki Oki



Vo Trong Nghia

Vietnamese architect 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.

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