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The Nest / a21studio

  • 01:00 - 4 June, 2013
The Nest / a21studio
The Nest / a21studio, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Thuận An, Vietnam
  • Area

    40.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

From the architect. 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
© 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
© 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 90x90 steel columns and 30x30 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
© 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
© 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
First Floor Plan
Cite: "The Nest / a21studio" 04 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Duong Kien Trung · June 01, 2014

Vi?c ?? không gian t?ng 1 m? nh? th? này, thì v?n ?? b?i ph?i r?t quan tâm. Vì ?a s? các ??a ?i?m ? VN thành th? c?ng nh? nông thôn r?t nhi?u b?i.

Koha Row · October 07, 2013

vào thao quan ch? nhà ??ng ý không nh?

bjtaz · August 13, 2013

Tu?n sau ch?y ra Hu? tham quan m?i ???c :D

Obelixic · July 31, 2013

Does anyone know how the house performs thermally?

Huy · July 16, 2013

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.

tduthu · June 19, 2013

Mr Hiroyuki Oki là nhi?p ?nh gia thôi b?n 319 land ngoc à.Ng??i TK tác ph?m ??p bình d? này ko ai khác chính là kts NGUY?N HÒA HI?P nhà ta ?ó.Là ng??i TK nên I-resort Nha Trang n?i ti?ng ?y.ko bi?t thì ??ng phát bi?u linh tinh nhé b?n.

Kevin Doan · June 06, 2013

Another good work from A21studio. Congratulations.

studio dinh · June 05, 2013

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

stuart · June 05, 2013

Super cool

319 land ngoc · June 05, 2013

Thanks, Mr Hiroyuki Oki

Thachday kts · June 05, 2013

L?i m?t S?n ph?m ch?i G?ch Bông !
Th?t bình d? , th?t b?n s?c , th?t tinh t? !

Croco Dile · June 05, 2013

Simple and nice.

Hong My · June 05, 2013

just love it!!!!


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