New House Prototype Can Hold Full-Sized Trees on the Roof

An architecture studio in Vietnam is experimenting with a new house structure to allow for full-sized trees to grow on the roof.
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An architecture studio in Vietnam is experimenting with a new house structure to allow for full-sized trees to grow on the roof.
House for Trees

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Cities are becoming more and more barren as any semblance of greenery is quickly decreasing from urban neighborhoods. Von Trong Nghia Architects (VTN) from Vietnam want to ensure cities have ample greenery. They have created a prototypical house made of separate structures that act as massive plant pots. This allows for rooftops to become full gardens of plants and full-sized trees. 

Called the House For Trees, the prototype is a two-bedroom home with five concrete boxes that serve as pots to house trees. The architects chose to plant banyan trees because they have aerial roots and less underground roots, which makes it more suitable to grow on a roof. 

The house itself was built with a budget of $156,000. It sits on vacant land and is surrounded by buildings. The project's overall goal is to “return green space into the city, accommodating high-density dwelling with big tropical trees." They also want to help future generations connect with nature, which is much harder for city dwellers.