Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
Can Gio forest stretches over 75,740 ha land, which gather about 150 plant species. Close to Ho Chi Minh City (60 km), this area is also considered as the green lung of the city with its typical mangroves possessing a variety of unique and rare species.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view © Hiroki Oki
A bird wings-shaped building
Can Gio Restaurant is designed like a pair of bird wings spreading across the Can Gio Mangrove Forest located in the South of Ho Chi Minh City (the natural space has been classified as one of the International Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO in 2000). The wings forming a V shape frame up the view to the far horizon where the sun rises. A natural mineral stone platform leveling up the base emphasizes this clear angle of view towards the mangrove horizon and the view to the appealing circular green lake in the front.
▼呈V字的建筑形状，V-shaped building © Hiroki Oki
▼隔湖望向建筑，view across the lake to the building © Hiroki Oki
▼树影婆娑，leaf shadows © Hiroki Oki
The project is located in a touristic and populated area. The project designed as an opened public space, protected from the typical sunlight and heavy rains of the region by two V-shaped roofs. These large roofs function as a picture frame capturing all the beautiful surrounding landscape. This sophisticated design adapts perfectly to the program desired by the Investor. The purpose is to create a welcoming area to receive visitors and a multi-functional space to organize various kinds of events: Conference and seminar meetings, temporary restaurant equipped with professional kitchen facilities, events functions for large groups and seasonal exhibitions.
▼项目概览，overview © Hiroki Oki
▼临街视角，street view © Hiroki Oki
The main facilities of the venue are: Two dining rooms equipped with air conditioning. A large kitchen with storage and chilled room. Sanitary areas. This model complements to the tourist planning which usually consisted of just hotels, resorts equipped with swimming pool, townhouses and villas, to offer an opportunity to go relaxing out of HCM city on the weekends. The project must be able to cope with: The strong sun that whitens everything around. Heavy rains and thunderstorms coming from the East Sea. The dry wind. The color of the project is inspired from typical local sand color and mangrove trees roots. The project uses also light gray color similar to the silt which highlights the saturated green vegetation of the mangrove.
▼入口，entrance © Hiroki Oki
▼从亭阁内部看向中央区域，view to the central area from inside the pavilion © Hiroki Oki
▼中央露天平台，the central terrace © Hiroki Oki
▼被抬升的底层平台，raised bottom platform © Hiroki Oki
▼餐厅内的格子墙，a latticed wall in the dining room © Hiroki Oki
Using the monolithic laterite stones to build the base in order to lift up the ground floor level and establish an architectural order so as to well anchor the house into the sandy and silty site. Ramps and stairs lead the way up to terrace. A central tree with ethereal foliage (Termilia Mantaly) brings shade and freshness to the terrace. The four buildings (pentagon) and the base are made of concrete covered with gray laterite stone. They are unitary. This laterite is also used in massive stones of 10cm thickness to create the lattice wall for closed and air-conditioned dining rooms. At night the lattice plays as a Chinese lantern diffusing the saturated color on the walls of the interior spaces.
▼浅灰色砖墙，light grey brick wall © Hiroki Oki
Construction & Garden
在Can Gio这样气候恶劣的热带地区建造建筑，面临着技术和生态的多方面挑战。亭台采用越南当地的材料建造，并尽量减少复合材料的使用。由于项目所在的是一个靠渡轮才能到达的半岛，而用船运送材料又十分困难，运量也仅限于小批量，因此所有的建筑元素都由小尺寸元件组装而成。除了上釉元素和从Bin Duong进口的黑绿陶罐为项目带来了些许反光，其余的建筑材料均为哑光质感。一座环绕在项目周围的花园，里面住着来自南美洲的绢毛猴。
▼美轮美奂，beautiful night view © Hiroki Oki
Constructing a building in the harsh tropical climate like the Can Gio region is a technical and ecological challenge, the pavilions are built with local Vietnamese materials and with the minimum of composite materials. The construction elements are elements of small sizes assembled. Can Gio is a peninsula accessible by ferry, it is difficult to deliver materials by boat and deliveries are always limited to small quantities. The construction materials used are matt, only the glazed elements and the black and green ceramic pots imported from Bin Duong bring reflections. (Recalls of Mekong jars storing water or Nuoc mam). A garden composed of tamarins surrounds the project.
▼夜幕时分，night view © Hiroki Oki
Project name: Pavilion de Can Gio
Company name: DE-SO Asia
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project location: Can Gio HCMC Vietnam
Completion Year: 2020
Building area (m²): 370 m²
Photo credits: Hiroki Oki