The visitor centres in Can Gio, south Vietnam and Bruoux en Provence in the south of France are designed by the architectural firm DE-SO and DE-SO Asia.
Both buildings integrate into their respective landscape and climate. The Bruoux en Provence building was built in 2010 and Can Gio in 2020 - 10 years later.
Slightly elevated above natural ground level, the Can Gio pavilion reception areas benefit from the cool sea breeze - a naturally ventilated gazebo that overlooks the mangrove swamp.
Built into a hillside, the Bruoux en Provence mines visitor centre concourse benefits from thermal inertia and the freshness of the ground, burying into the earth to create a shaded "cool" space for visitors that overlooks the ocher cliffs paved square.
Each building is built from local materials - a constructive choice that favours short supply circuits of the natural materials - laterite stone in the sandy mangroves of the Saigon River, timber and concrete from a site in Provence. The Can Gio building is the grey colour of the mangrove silt, and Bruoux the orange the colour of the ocher in Provence.
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