Folding Wall House / NHA DAN ARCHITECT

  • 27 May 2014
  • Houses Selected Works
© Hiroyuki Oki

Location: Ho Chi Minh City,
Architect In Charge: Nguyen Dinh Gioi
Area: 104 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: 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

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

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

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

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 28 May 2015. <>
  • Kevin Doan

    Nice design!

  • Phuong Dang

    wow..interesting view. I’m an young architect and I realy want to work with you. How to do this ?