In a few decades, Vietnam has seen a considerable loss of its inherent green spaces. Rapid development has given way to concrete blocks in urban areas where businesses and workers are now compartmentalized. MIA Design Studio takes the opposite approach and remedies this lack. “We, children of nature, are always in love with the beauty of the landscape,” says the Vietnamese office, loud and clear. It has thus designed a 260m², open-air office, named “Mr Green’s Office,” inside a high-rise building in the 3rd District of Ho Chi Minh. As soon as the elevator doors open, the lobby space is surrounded by a bonsai garden, inviting you to wait under the green freshness.
Between plants and flowers, comfort and lightness, elegance and compactness, the client-visitor gradually leaves behind the oppressive feeling of the city on arrival in the “outdoor garden” where the meeting room is located. This little corner of nature not only creates an intimacy with the surrounding works, but also regulates the light, reduces the glare in the afternoon and illuminates the office directly. MIA Design Studio thus provokes the contrast with the cold tone of the buildings, letting the vegetated offices invade the states of mind for a greater sense of serenity.