The Nest / a21studio

  • 04 Jun 2013
  • Featured Houses Selected Works
© Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: a21studio
Location: ,
Area: 40 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki

The house is designed for a middle aged newsman who has been working in years for Vietnam architectural magazines. The site is located at the outskirt of a new city in being urbanism with a variety of housing architecture styles in its surrounding. Therefore, both the architect and client came up with the idea that the new house should be looked green, but not compromise to its comfortable and specially should not much differentiated to next-door neighbours.

© Hiroyuki Oki

Within his constraint budget, a light structure as steel and metal sheets is applied instead of bricks and concrete as usual. Moreover, unused furniture, abandoned but still in good condition, is considered as an appropriate solution for most parts of the house which not only reduces construction cost but also gives the house a distinctive look, the beauty or serenity of old items that comes with age.

© Hiroyuki Oki

Without any doubt, using steel structure not only makes the foundation lighter, but also helps shorten the construction period than normal, and saving cost as well. The house-frame is made by 90×90 steel columns and 30×30 steel beams connecting to metal sheets, then covered or filled in between by plants, so from a distance look, the house is liked a green box. Among these “cool-metal” bars, the nature is defined itself.

© Hiroyuki Oki

Typically, the house is structured into two vertical parts; two private bedrooms on the upper floor, while kitchen and living room on the ground floor and opened to nature without any door or window. This makes the bounder between inside and outside becomes blurry. Besides, by diminishing living space to just sufficiently fitted and leaves the rest intended uncontrolled, the architect attempts to convey the sense that the natural environment outside is larger and closer, as at any views from the house, the trees can be observed with its full beauty. In the other words, the trees are used as the building’s walls, and the house would provide a variety of links between trees and people.

© Hiroyuki Oki

Finally, the idea of the house, above the organization of spaces and flexibility uses of structure, is about a general housing concept for low cost construction, which has been attracted the attention in Vietnam society. By making the most of abandoned items and using enough spaces for living cleverly, people can easily have a comfortable house fulfilled by nature and flexible for any future needs with a limited fund.

First Floor Plan
Cite: "The Nest / a21studio" 04 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Hong My

    just love it!!!!

  • Croco Dile

    Simple and nice.

  • Thachday kts

    Lại một Sản phẩm chơi Gạch Bông !
    Thật bình dị , thật bản sắc , thật tinh tế !

  • 319 land ngoc

    Thanks, Mr Hiroyuki Oki

  • stuart

    Super cool

  • studio dinh

    Another commendable project from a21 that is culturally and climate appropriate while being aesthetically and intellectually engaging and stimulating.

  • Kevin Doan

    Another good work from A21studio. Congratulations.

  • tduthu

    Mr Hiroyuki Oki là nhiếp ảnh gia thôi bạn 319 land ngoc à.Người TK tác phẩm đẹp bình dị này ko ai khác chính là kts NGUYỄN HÒA HIỆP nhà ta đó.Là người TK nên I-resort Nha Trang nổi tiếng ấy.ko biết thì đừng phát biểu linh tinh nhé bạn.

  • Huy

    Very good, it shows the spirit of architecture. Very human. Sense of place. It reminds me of the past time after Vietnam war : the windows, doors , cement tiles, corrugated metal panels…

    Very well done, neat house.

  • Obelixic

    Does anyone know how the house performs thermally?

  • bjtaz

    Tuần sau chạy ra Huế tham quan mới được :D

  • Koha Row

    vào thao quan chủ nhà đồng ý không nhỉ

  • Duong Kien Trung

    Việc để không gian tầng 1 mở như thế này, thì vấn đề bụi phải rất quan tâm. Vì đa số các địa điểm ở VN thành thị cũng như nông thôn rất nhiều bụi.