Located in a new generation industrial park in Binh Duong, in a land parcel next to the administration building, the factory was considered to be an iconic construction which is “simple but not boring” for the park.
Normal factories are figured by purely pragmatic boxes, truly radical structures, and multi-purpose spaces for machines that execute clearly defined production processes. Since the client is a Japanese steel manufacturing company with the architectural products including staircases, handrails, bicycle stands,... , they insisted the architects to design this factory to be an aesthetic object while functionality means everything with a limited budget but on the other hand, could offer a fresh working atmosphere for human activities.
Initially, to meet the demand of the tight budget, cubic simple form with 8-meter-span grid system was chosen as the dominant mass so as to match the neighborhood while reducing the expenditures. Using bricks for the exterior of the building would provide the opportunities to let the building itself work as a landmark with natural clay color contrast to the unobstructed neighborhood. Old bricks were collected from old colonial buildings in the Mekong Delta area with the reasonable price and recycled for the exterior layer. In order to decrease the weightiness of the massive brick cube as well as provide the air ventilation for the whole building, the galvanized corrugated metal roof is lifted up, and consequently created a floating roof with the thinnest supporting steel frame.
As the heart of this man-made construction, the open-air garden’s central factory location celebrates a serene fragment of the tropical garden and refreshes the working spaces with the natural elements. Wrapped in a rotating transparent glass door system, the courtyard looks like an emerald evergreen carpet of several tropical plants. When all the doors are rotated, the air flows could go through and refresh the environment inside the building.The courtyard itself, along with the water feature could functionally build up its own tropical diverse ecology with sensual connection to changing light and seasonal qualitative.
The landscape concept that we mostly desire for approach should express as much as possible the tropical atmosphere for the factory. By that meaning, many kinds of tropical plants and fruit plants were installed such as Papayas, Bananas, Tamarinds, Malpighi glabras, Coconut trees, and especially dragon fruits which could be considered as one of our first-time attempt. Dragon fruit is an exotic plant with the origin from cactus plants grown in humid and tropical conditions such as Vietnam and some other Asian countries. As they are growing, these climbing plants will find something such as the organic compost in proportionate ratio to climb on. The image of field with hundred rows of poles covered by dragon fruits triangular stems becomes the architects’ inspiration. Grids of poles built by old bricks could be considered as the standard construction element for the greenery to expand in the future. The in-order pole system intentionally become the landscape element, and tightly connect with the architecture itself. The design which could preserve a large amount of greenery as well as interact the landscape and the building itself could obtain the new interesting approach of designing factory in the near future.
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