23o5 studio’s HVB complex in vietnam comprises tree-filled voids and bright yellow volumes

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in ho chi minh city, vietnamese architecture practice 23o5 studio has completed a multi-functional building on a relatively small plot. the dense urban site, which is surrounded by structures of various heights, measures 3.95m x 15.15m, or 60 square meters (645 square feet). although the five-storey building primarily contains residences — from studio apartments to larger units — it also accommodates a wide range of different programs, including work spaces and retail outlets.


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in developing the ‘HVB complex’, 23o5 studio studied the ways in which residents interact with the city and its urban fabric. in this way, the project is viewed as a natural response to its setting. ‘the city — the way it is — is all we have,’ say the architects. conceived as a ‘living body’, the scheme is formed by a series of stacked elements rendered in white, with square apertures punched into its façade. the building’s monolithic appearance is broken up by voids that contain trees and yellow volumes that offer a playful sense of variety.


the multi-functional building has been built on a relatively small plot


the dense urban setting is surrounded by structures of various heights


the building’s monolithic appearance is broken up by voids that contain trees


the five-storey structure primarily contains residences — from studio apartments to larger units


yellow volumes offer a playful sense of variety


the complex accommodates a wide range of different programs


the project is viewed as a natural response to its setting


the scheme is formed by a series of stacked elements rendered in white


‘the city — the way it is — is all we have,’ say the architects


the project is located in ho chi minh city