Jackfruit Village

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Architects: Đỗ Minh Đức, Lê Đình Hùng, Đường Văn Mạnh, Phạm Hồng Ngọc, Phùng Ngọc Hà Ly, Nguyễn Gia Phong
Location: Trại Láng, Cổ Đông, Sơn Tây, Hà Nội, Việt Nam


  • Spec Go Green 2018
  • Ashui  2019 
  • Futurarc Green Leadership Awards Singapore 2019
  • National Green Architecture 2020
  • Green Good Design Mỹ 2020
  • International Architecture Award IAA Chicago 2020
  • Best of best hạng mục Kiến trúc xanh Architecture Master Prize 2020
  • Arcasia Awards for Architecture (AAA), Resort Buildings 2020
  • National Architecture Award 2021 - Silver Award

The site is located in Trai Lang Village, Co Dong Commune, Son Tay town, with a total area of 1.7 ha, surrounded by a lake in the South and South-west. The existing site has 38 jackfruit trees, 13 pomelo trees, which are typical of rural areas in the North of Vietnam.  

The main ideas: nuclear of the project is the Meditation house: a meditation space, community space, located in the center. Residential units are spread from the center and naturally relied on feet of jackfruit and pomelo trees, making the most of shade for common yards. According to the topography, house platforms are elevated to avoid termite, humid as well as ensure natural surface drainage. Each building is an enjoyable experience, maximize symbiosis with local vegetation and topography.   The project identifies a unique form of hotel and hospitality business in which guests experience living with local farmers in a variety of housing genres: detached villas, semi-detached villas, etc. By applying the agriculture model with a vegetable garden, jackfruit tree (a local specialty) and fruit-tree garden, cage fish farming and cattle farm, organic food products are provided daily. Service area with diversified amenities: local cuisine, swimming pool, spa, traditional herbal bath, practice meditation sharing happiness viewpoint, bungalow for artists,...promote vernacular culture, allow guests to mingle with artists’ living space and contribute to improving income and living standards of local people.    

The design emphasizes a sense of community inside Jackfruit village as well as easily connects with surrounding villages by experienced routes: biking, rowing.   Buildings’ envelope in the project uses local and friendly materials: adobe bricks, broad expanse thatched roof which creates shadow itself and controls solar radiation efficiently.  Each building has its own biological 5-chamber septic tank and waste water filtration are placed at the end of wind direction.  

This project desire to create a simple, peaceful and friendly environment for guests, evoke a new image of Vietnamese rural life, stabilizing and enhancing local people’s lives based on the foundation of inheriting and promoting local cultural values in the context of urban explosion and market economy.