Green Ladder

2 March - 2 May 2018

Green Ladder launched a collaboration between the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas.

Originally commissioned by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in 2016 for the architectural pavilion series Fugitive Structures, Vo Trong Nghia’s Green Ladder speaks to sustainable and green architectural practice.

Vo grew up in war-ravaged Vietnam, trained in Tokyo and developed a considered aesthetic around re-greening high density areas. A devout Buddhist, he aims to engage his viewers through beauty and encourage them to reflect on urban degradation. The architect’s ‘green steel’ construction utilises predominantly natural materials that are low cost and low impact, presented in ways we do not expect.

Vo Trong Nghia is hugely influential in Vietnam, espousing ideas and methods around innovation, craft, and the link between people and nature. Vo’s thesis was on natural air ventilation. This informed his structural approach and use of repeated greenery and open air to influence natural cooling of the built environment and his understanding of its inextricable connection to personal wellbeing, whilst restoring tropical beauty to his densely populated hometown of Ho Chi Minh City.

Affirmed by successful experimentation and building with bamboo - the ‘steel of the 21st century’ - Vo Trong Nghia Architects are incorporating other facets of nature into their practice, utilising concepts such as natural ventilation in residential commissions, addressing future solutions concerning urban or vertical farming through educational projects, and exploring the possibilities of bamboo architecture in eye-popping structures.