Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
Can Gio forest stretches over 75,740 ha land, which gather about 150 plant species.Close to Ho Chi Minh City (60 km), this area is also considered as the green lung of the city with its typical mangroves possessing a variety of unique and rare species.
Can Gio餐厅位于胡志明市南部的Can Gio红树林(该自然空间已于2000年被联合国教科文组织列为国际生物圈保护区之一)，其设计就像一对鸟的翅膀一样伸展开来。
A bird wings-shaped building
Can Gio Restaurant is designed like a pair of bird wings spreading across the Can Gio Mangrove Forest located in the South of Ho Chi Minh City (the natural space has been classified as one of the International Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO in 2000).
▼V形的双翼将视野抬高到太阳升起的远处 The wings forming a V shape frame up the view to the far horizon where the sun rises.
▼一个抬高基座的石质平台强调了这个面向红树林地平线的清晰视角和前面迷人的环形绿色湖泊的视野 A natural mineral stone platform leveling up the base emphasizes this clear angle of view towards the mangrove horizon and the view to the appealing circular green lake in the front.
The project is located in a touristic and populated area.The project designed as an opened public space, protected from the typical sunlight and heavy rains of the region by two V-shaped roofs. These large roofs function as a picture frame capturing all the beautiful surrounding landscape.This sophisticated design adapts perfectly to the program desired by the Investor. The purpose is to create a welcoming area to receive visitors and a multi-functional space to organize various kinds of events: Conference and seminar meetings, temporary restaurant equipped with professional kitchen facilities, events functions for large groups and seasonal exhibitions.
The main facilities of the venue are: Two dining rooms equipped with air conditioning; A large kitchen with storage and chilled room; Sanitary areas.
This model complements to the tourist planning which usually consisted of just hotels, resorts equipped with swimming pool, townhouses and villas, to offer an opportunity to go relaxing out of HCM city on the weekends.
The project must be able to cope with: The strong sun that whitens everything around; Heavy rains and thunderstorms coming from the East Sea; The dry wind
The color of the project is inspired from typical local sand color and mangrove trees roots. The project uses also light gray color similar to the silt which highlights the saturated green vegetation of the mangrove.
Using the monolithic laterite stones to build the base in order to lift up the ground floor level and establish an architectural order so as to well anchor the house into the sandy and silty site.
▼坡道和楼梯通向露台 Ramps and stairs lead the way up to terrace.
▼中间的树给院子带来阴凉 A central tree with ethereal foliage (TermiliaMantaly) brings shade and freshness to the terrace.
▼四个建筑物（五边形）和基座由混凝土覆盖，几个建筑体量融为一体 The four buildings (pentagon) and the base are made of concrete covered with gray laterite stone. They are unitary.
This laterite is also used in massive stones of 10cm thickness to create the lattice wall for closed and air-conditioned dining rooms. At night the lattice plays as a Chinese lantern diffusing the saturated color on the walls of the interior spaces.
Constructing a building in the harsh tropical climate like the Can Gio region is a technical and ecological challenge, the pavilions are built with local Vietnamese materials and with the minimum of composite materials. The construction elements are elements of small sizes assembled. Can Gio is a peninsula accessible by ferry, it is difficult to deliver materials by boat and deliveries are always limited to small quantities. It's about being strong, durable, withstanding heavy rain, the hot vertical sun, and skillfully taking advantage of the chill wind coming from the South China Sea.
The construction materials used are matt, only the glazed elements and the black and green ceramic pots imported from Bin Duong bring reflections. (Recalls of Mekong jars storing water or Nuoc mam). A garden composed of tamarins surrounds the project. Designed in 2018, the project was delivered in 2020.
项目名称：Pavilion de Can Gio
项目位置：越南 胡志明市 Can Gio 地区
Project name: Pavilion de Can Gio
Company name: DE-SO Asia
Project location: Can Gio HCMC Vietnam
Completion Year: 2020
Building area (m²): 370 m²
Photocredits: Hiroki Oki