T3 just designed the future FRENCH HOUSE or MAISON DE FRANCE, French Business Center (Private) and French Cultural Institute (Public) on a plot located in the Center of Ho Chi Minh City. The main intention was to preserve and restore the French Indochinese Villa and designed a new contemporary bioclimatic 6 storeys Building around, keeping all existing Trees and the nice Courtyard to organize some cultural events: cinema, concert… New Building have been designed following the “double skin” facade concept, to get the best protection against sun and rain at the same, having an aluminum mesh power-coated allowing the air to passing through to optimize the natural ventilation of all circulation: corridors, staircases… No windows are directly exposed to the sun, to avoid overheating and keep the building as cool as possible. The mesh is also a great support for vegetation, so we can get a green facade in few months due to the tropical climate conditions of Saigon. The intention is to bring nature into the city (biophilic cities), to get more freshness and biodiversity… Some cortene steel elements (windows, portico) allow some direct views on the garden and create a strong consistency between landscape (fence, vegetable square garden) and architecture. The yellow color palette is a reference to the historical architecture in Vietnam, proposing a dialog between Past (Villa) and Present (new contemporary green Building).

Architecture: T3 Architecture Asia (T3), Sicart & Smith Architects (SSA), Archetype  / Landscape: Interscene  / Structure: RFR Vietnam  / MEP: CEBI

Client: French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam (CCIFV), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs / French Institute02