Vietnam has a rich history of traditional architecture. From Rong houses and Trinh Tuong residences to the stilt longhouses of the Ede people, the country has a depth of vernacular construction methods and styles. Today, architects are reinterpreting past building techniques to create neo-traditional homes grounded in contemporary life. Traditional Vietnamese architecture was often defined by wood-frame structures with steep roofs. These were made with a system of rafters and beams, elements that were part of a larger structure like in the iconic stilt houses. Brick and masonry was also used, often in tandem with a wood frame system. Normally, these structures were elevated, either by stilts or on a foundational base. Large roofs were not uncommon, with formed profiles denoting spaces to be seen from a distance or of cultural importance.
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