At the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, acclaimed Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia (born 1976 in Phú Thủy, Vietnam) demonstrates the potential of sculptural pagoda as a shared space. Whilst this is an ambitious structure, having a large shared outdoor space at Fruit Market creates the potential for something similar.
Vo Trong’s structure works in two main ways, it creates shade in the summer and shelter in the winter making this an all year around space for the whole community.
As most domestic gardens are small, we often don’t consider the potential of sculptural structure beyond the scale of a domestic garden.
Another example is Foster and Partners archway also at the Biennale 2018. The archway based on a common vault design often found in historic buildings can also be found in other parts of the world above ground in places like Cuba and other hot environments. These open ended spaces create an indoor / outdoor space that helps to make the outside areas usable all year round. Us Brits are used to cold weather and celebrate winter walks in the countryside too. But isn’t it time we built structure to helps us a live outside a little more in urban spaces too?