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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Binh House in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam by VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECTS

 
April 1st, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECTS 

Under the rapid urbanization, cities in Vietnam have diverged far from their origins as low density tropical green space. Newly developed urban areas are losing their connection with nature. Binh house is one project in the “House for Trees” series, a prototypical housing design, providing green space within high density neighborhood.

The Inhabitants is a family of three generations. Therefore, the challenge is to create spaces which allow its residents interact and communicate despite their differences.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

  • Architects: VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Binh House
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Photography: Hiroyuki Oki, Quang Dam
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Design Team: Masaaki Iwamoto, Chiang Hsing-O, Nguyen Tat Dat, Nguyen Duy Phuoc, Takahito Yamada
  • Contractor: Wind And Water House JSC
  • Site area: 321.6m2
  • Footprint: 136m2
  • GFA: 233 m2
  • Status: Built in 03.2016

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Gardens located on top of the vertically stacking spaces; bounded by sliding glass doors. This strategy not only improves the microclimate by using natural ventilation and daylight in every room, but the alternately stacking openings also increase visibility and interaction between the family members.

Living, dining, bedrooms, study room are continuously opened. From one room, people’s sightlines can reach beyond to the other rooms via the gardens.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Service areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, stairs and corridors are located in the west to limit heat radiation exposure towards frequently occupied areas. The vertical variation of spaces creates a lopsided pressure difference. Thus, when the surrounding houses are built, natural ventilation is maintained. Thanks to these passive strategies, the house always stays cool in the tropical climate. Air conditioning system is rarely used.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

The roof gardens host large trees for shading, therefore reducing indoor temperature. Vegetables can also be planted to serve its resident’s daily needs. This vertical farming solution is suitable for high-density housing whilst also contributing to Vietnamese way of life.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Using sustainable materials such as natural stone, wood, exposed concrete combined with the microclimate, this house reduces greatly operational and maintenance cost. Up to date, residents have never used furnished AC. The architecture is not only to meet the functional and aesthetic concerns, but also as a means to connect people to people and people to nature.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki and Quang Dam

Image Courtesy © VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © VO TRONG NGHIA ARCHITECTS

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