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Diamond Lotus condos rendering: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

High-rises are getting greener.

From rooftop gardens in Toronto to the sky-high parks of starchitect Bjarke Ingels’ 2 World Trade Centre proposal, designers and planners are looking for new places to plant greenery.

In Vietnam, an architecture firm has taken this approach and come up with a rather original amenity.

Vo Trong Nghia Architects‘ design for Diamond Lotus, a 720-unit condominium development set to rise about two miles from Ho Chi Minh City’s core, features a suspended park where most residential buildings would have a penthouse.

The green space would also bridge the gaps between three 22-storey buildings and provide an idyllic retreat for some residents of Vietnam’s largest city. In a rendering of the Diamond Lotus condos, a path can be seen winding through the rooftop park under a canopy of bamboo trees.

The whole platform would be supported by suspension cables that will light up the night sky.

In a statement, the firm pointed out how the innovations are a way to address the paucity of green space in the area.

Every unit in the development would also have its own “green courtyards,” the firm said in the statement; on balconies, planters with bamboo trees would filter sunlight keeping each unit naturally cooler, likely reducing air conditioning use in the process.

Looks like the Diamond Lotus development will be green in more ways than one.

Check out a few more renderings:

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