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S House 3 / VTN Architects

S House 3 / VTN Architects

Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial + 12

Houses  · 
Chicago, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project VTN Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015
Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

Text description provided by the architects. S HOUSE project aims to provide affordable, durable, and easily constructable houses for low-income bracket in the Mekong Delta area and other tropical regions. 

Sustainable development
Sustainable development

Prior to the exhibition, three prototypes were experimentally constructed in Vietnam. Through these, the design of S HOUSE has been continuously updated based on the feedback after the realization of each prototype. S HOUSE 3, the latest prototype, was completed in 2014, combining the advantages of the previous prototypes. It realized easier assembling and higher durability without losing affordability: the main structure was assembled in 3 hours, the lifespan is expected over 30 years, and the construction cost of a single house aims at less than 1,000 USD.

Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

Whilst the main structure ensures the basic performance, the finishing material can be chosen by residents, resulting in cost reduction by using available ones under each individual condition. For the exhibition, Vietnamese thatch and coir fiber sheets were experimentally installed. They are fixed to the steel structure with appropriate thickness of layers for waterproofing and insulation purpose. 

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Material flexibility
Material flexibility

S HOUSE project is currently moving from the prototype phase to the mass production phase to be distributed not just in Vietnam but also overseas. In the wider context, S HOUSE can potentially adapt to shops, schools, clinics and be deployed in situations of need or emergency.

Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
Steve Hall, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Cite: "S House 3 / VTN Architects" 27 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/776048/s-house-3-vo-trong-nghia-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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