Although it may look odd, there's a reason why VTN Architects' new building looks like a checkerboard stuffed full of trees. The Vietnamese firm has designed a building for FPT Technical University in Hanoi that uses trees and prevailing winds to cut the need for air conditioning. The checkerboard pattern is meant to promote airflow, and the architects have positioned the building so that prevailing winds can sweep through the entire structure.
VTN Architects purposefully filled the building with trees, not only to promote an image of sustainability but to lower the ambient air temperature. In addition to the self-cooling feature, the unique pattern also allows an abundance of sunlight to enter unobstructed, further cutting the building's need for electricity.