Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietman
Team: Matthew Riches
Based in the dense heart of Ho Chi Mihn’s ‘District 4’, this projects aims to create a new communal focal point for all things food related by celebrating the rich heritage of Vietnam’s food culture, whilst addressing the issues to country faces with regards food hygiene.
By re-imagining the way people currently use the tube housing as a combination of home, work and communal space, the project aims to enhance all of these in an affordable and localised way.
The design uses a simple grid structure to combine an open air food market, a food hygiene education centre and adaptable housing which allows the users to expand and contract their homes.
The strategy not only allows for more density, ventilation and flexibility but also provides a cohesive architecture for both commercial and individual users, allowing a reciprocal relationship between the two most polarized and predominant users of the district.
This project was nominated for the RIBA presidents medals.