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Folding Wall House / NHA DAN ARCHITECT

  • Architects: NHA DAN ARCHITECT
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge: Nguyen Dinh Gioi
  • Area: 104.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki

  • Design Team: Nguyen Van Anh, Nguyen Phan Anh Tuan, Luong Xuan Dong
  • Structural Engineer: Do Thanh Tuan
  • Lighting: CARA Vietnam
  • Aluminum doors & windows : Quan Dat Company
  • General and Finish Contractor: NHA DAN Construction
© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

From the architect. The site is a rectangular lot whose sides are occupied by neighboring multi-story houses. As a result, the design challenges are to bring natural light to bottom floors and create a generous space for living within a small lot.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

We started the design by dividing up the program: circulation elements such as stairs and hallway on one side and main living functions on the other. Next, we proposed to fold the wall that divides the program to one side to solve the aforementioned challenges.

Longitudinal Section 2
Longitudinal Section 2

By simply folding the wall towards one side, the circulation space is narrowed, thereby increasing usable spaces for the bedrooms on the top floors. The sloping surfaces generated by folding the wall diffuses natural light coming in from above, filling the interior with different lighting conditions as each hour passes.

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

The structure execution of this folding wall is relatively more complex and expensive than that of conventional structures. Fortunately, we have the approval and cooperation of clients in order to turn the design into reality.

Cite:"Folding Wall House / NHA DAN ARCHITECT" 27 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>