Binh Duong City, Vietnam
Takashi Niwa Architects’ Becamex Tokyu Hikari Complex is a sustainable restaurant complex that houses more than 15 F&B brands integrating tenants, event spaces, an observation deck, playgrounds, public fountains, a huge lake, and beautiful leveraged landscape mixing with an edible garden, constructed in the center of Binh Duong New City, Vietnam.
The project is created aiming to be a gateway for international trade and service exchange, as well as transfer the latest technology of science in South East Asia.
The Complex’s concept, ‘Made to Enlighten’, is to show an example of the meaningful environmental approach in the new city center.
The main challenges are composting for food waste, aquaponics, and edible garden.
With green abundant landscapes, Hikari Complex will become an educational space with entertainment, where many people gather, and will be the best place to introduce sustainable approaches and ideas.
Hikari will lead the city to the next level of a sustainable smart city.
An edutainment space is an entertainment space with an educational approach, combined with the restaurant complex concept.
The landscape with abundant greenery and a central pond is designed for the center of learning with several approaches.
The landscape is covered by kind of edible fruit trees, providing a comfortable shadow.
The fruits will reflect the season and be harvested by visitors to enjoy.
The restaurant food waste is collected and utilized to feed Black Soldier Fly and earthworm compost, which in return will become the food for fish in the center pond.
Visitors are welcome to view and feed the earthworms in the compost room.
The irrigation water from the fishpond supports the aquaponics idea of growing these plants.
This was common practice in old Vietnamese houses or villages but was removed when the city became modernized.
For a sustainable era, the Hikari complex shows the potential of landscape to utilize urban space for a wealth of life and reduce garages for the environment.
This will be an important message for future city landscapes to consider and discover a more modern way to live.
Project: Becamex Tokyu Hikari Complex
Architects: Takashi Niwa Architects Co., Ltd.
Client: Becamex Tokyu
Photographers: Hiroyuki Oki