A large tiered garden forms the roof of this house in the coastal Vietnamese city Nha Trang, which architect Vo Trong Nghia designed in partnership with former colleague Masaaki Iwamoto (+ slideshow).
The lack of extra space on the site led the architects to create an expansive garden on the roof of the building, featuring a large assortment of trees, plants and flowers.
“The client wanted a large house with a large garden,” explained the duo.
“Answering this request, a single roof is designed as a hanging garden to plant numerous trees and plants on.”
This design led to a problem – local planning guidelines stipulate that houses in the area should have sloping roofs, with at least half covered in tiles.
To get around this, the architects divided the roof up into strips of terraces and planting, then created staggered levels.