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Binh Thanh House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects + Sanuki + NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS

  • 01:00 - 23 August, 2013
Binh Thanh House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects + Sanuki + NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS
Binh Thanh House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects + Sanuki + NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +28

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

From the architect. Located in the center of Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, Binh Thanh House was designed for two families; a couple in their sixties, their son, his wife and a child.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

The plot has a bilateral character, one is facing to a noisy and dusty street in a typical developing and urbanizing area in the city and one is very close to a canal and Saigon Zoo with plenty of greenery.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

Against a backdrop of this duality of its setting, the concept of the house is to accommodate two different lifestyles in a tropical climate; a modern and well-tempered lifestyle with mechanical equipments such as air-conditioners, and a natural and traditional lifestyle, utilizing natural lighting and ventilation with water and greenery.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

The house is composed of two different spaces positioned alternately. Spaces for modern lifestyle are allocated in three floating volumes wrapped by concrete pattern blocks. And the spaces between these three volumes are widely open to the exterior and allocated for the natural lifestyle where the residents enjoy wind, sunlight, green and water.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

Three volumes are shifted back and forth to bring natural light into the in-between spaces, as well as to create small gardens on each floor. The bottoms of the volumes become the ceilings for the in-between spaces. These surfaces are designed with various curved shapes, providing each in-between space with different lighting effects.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

Bedrooms and other small rooms are contained in the floating semi-closed volumes to enhance security and privacy. On the other hand, the open in-between spaces are designed to be independent living spaces for two families.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

Pattern blocks, which used to be a popular shading device in Vietnam to get natural ventilation, are made of pre-cast concrete with 60cm width and 40cm height. It not only prevents the harsh sunlight and heavy rain but also enhances the privacy and the safety.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

While this house looks different from the stereotypical townhouses in Ho Chi Minh City, all the architectural solutions are derived from the local lifestyle and wisdom. The House offers an interpretation of the ecological lifestyle in the modern tropical city. It is where modern and natural life are compatible with each other.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Cite: "Binh Thanh House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects + Sanuki + NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS" 23 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/418764/binh-thanh-house-vo-trong-nghia-architects-sanuki-nishizawa-architects/>
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14 Comments

Chukiennho · December 22, 2014

1.copy paste the facade of Mr Lercorbusier.
2. have dinner when shit flow down above head.ok good good

Hai · September 03, 2014

Tuy?t v?i !
Càng nghiên c?u càng th?y công trình này th?t g?n g?i, bình d?, gi?n ??n.
Gi?i pháp c?a anh th?t là thông minh và ch?ng t? ???c nghiên c?u r?t k? l??ng.( ??n cái t?ng h?m ?? xe c?a công trình c?ng ??y n?ng gió và m?a !!! )

dangkhanh · March 12, 2014

Công trình r?t ??p! Tôi thích nó! Nh?ng có l? nh?ng ng??i ? trong gia ?ình này
s? s?ng m?t cu?c s?ng b?t an vì "??o chích" quá anh Ngh?a ?i!!! có bi?n pháp gì c?i thi?n không anh!??!

Alan Stewart · February 12, 2014

I like the breeze blocks to the facade - such a good use of an old concept to cool the house!

Kts.Tr?n Th?nh · February 10, 2014

Bông gió.Ki?n trúc ph? bi?n 1 th?i nh?ng n?m 1970

amber · February 05, 2014

amazing!

Peter · January 31, 2014

(Sorry, I didn't want to hurt anybodys feelings, but imho there were a LOT better houses this year.)

Peter · January 31, 2014

This??! NO WAY! Probably the whole vietnamese architect society voted very disciplined on this poor "entry". This "building of the year" contest makes no sense this way, it is totally like eurovision.

HAJAR · October 19, 2013

THIS IS A REALY AMAZING WORK AND I LOVE IT.PERFECT:)

Nam Hoang Phuong · October 16, 2013

Quá tuy?t!có ?i?u t?ng trên cùng b? nóng. Mong anh chia s? thêm hình ?nh c?u t?o c?a nh?ng b?n tr?ng cây trên cao!

dud · August 29, 2013

copy old style to Vietnam. zombie in Vietnam

Martin · August 25, 2013

To me, Vo Trong Nghia Architects are the best at the moment! Pritzker please!

thangdong0310 · August 26, 2013 08:14 AM

He is the best of Vietnamese architecture.

Thachday kts · August 24, 2013

Nhìn công trình này l?i m??ng t??ng v? 1 th?i c?a ki?n trúc Hi?n ??i .

Aleksas · August 23, 2013

Nice. I like that dwelling has so much open space. Great job!

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