A new library in Hanoi is more than a vessel for books. Vietnamese architecture studio, Farming Architects designed it to be a full-service learning center, complete with an aquaponic farm, koi pond, and roaming chickens that all contribute to the library’s ecosystem.
Yes, this library has its own mini ecosystem.
The VAC Library is essentially an interactive space for teaching children about urban farming. The open-air structure is built from a modular wooden grid that forms a pergola-like umbrella over the concrete foundation. Beyond serving as a de facto jungle gym, the lattice holds concrete planters filled with vegetation and cubbies filled with books.
Waste from the koi ponds and chickens are used to fertilize the vegetation. Meanwhile, the vegetation helps purify the water. Solar panels harvest energy that’s used to light the space and power the pond’s pumps. The goal is to teach children how a self-sustaining ecosystem works by showing them instead of simply having them read about it in a book. Of course, this is technically a library, so reading books is encouraged, too.