Hanoi is one of the most air polluted cities in the world. The high traffic volumes along with industrial activities have caused that, the last year, the PM2.5 particulate level recorded was seven times higher than the permissible level set by the World Health Organisation. In this context is where the Pavilion of the Origins appears. An architecture intervention aimed to house plants that will purify the air while reconciling human beings with nature.
Created by Hung Nguyen Architects, the Pavilion of the Origins is a simple metallic structure set on the terrace of a three-storey dwelling. This structure is composed of cuboid frames which act, separately, as small pavilions for plants, and whose superposition generates a human scale pavilion. A range of white nets covers different modules and not only helps to filter the sunlight but also invites us to sit on them to read, to lie down and to behold the vegetal surrounding.
The Pavilion of the Origins appears as a green retreat in the middle of the city created as a link with the natural environment and aimed to purify the polluted air of Hanoi
The different modules that configures the Pavilion of the Origins are arranged at variable heights in such a way interstices are generated among them resulting in fluid interconnected spaces. As it is an open structure, the sunlight spreads all over it and wind flows through the voids so limits between interior and exterior are blurred. As a result, a harmonious relationship is established between human, nature and space.
Nevertheless, the Pavilion of the Origins is not only a garden of ornamental plants for decorative purposes. The selection of plants is carefully made in order to include those which purify the air the most based on their capacity to absorb CO2 and harmful toxins. Thus, it is set as a green retreat dominated by nature in the middle of the polluted city of Hanoi.
The structural system that composes the Pavilion of the Origins is built with slender steel profiles coated in white resting on a floor surface made of white rolling stones that reflects the light. These elements, along with the translucent methacrylate roof that covers the whole garden, give the space an airy and bright look where plants become the main characters. The result is an installation where architecture acts as a connecting link and reinforce the interaction between human beings and nature, exalting the inner beauty of the natural origins.
Photos by Nguyen Thai Thach