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Tube Houses: 15 Projects Reinterpreting the Narrow Vietnamese Residences

Walking down the streets of cities like Hanoi and Saigon in Vietnam, you might encounter houses with surprisingly narrow facades in contrast to the stacking of three to five floors, with windows for ventilation and natural light only on the front facade. These are the famous traditional Tube Houses. According to ancient popular culture, this type of housing emerged due to property taxes being based on the width of the facade, but the true reason is to optimize land use, allowing a larger number of plots in the same square.

However, this legacy is now being recreated in contemporary designs by Vietnamese architects. Old facades give way to innovative solutions featuring atriums for natural lighting and ventilation, courtyards and interior gardens, greenery incorporated into different environments, split-levels, etc., allowing for high-quality spaces. With that in mind, we have put together a selection of Tube Houses, together with their respective section drawings. Check out below:

Barbosa House / CB ARQUITECTURA

© Nelson Garrido© Nelson Garrido© Nelson Garrido© Nelson Garrido+ 31

Sermonde, Portugal
  • Architects: CB ARQUITECTURA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  840
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Colombian Houses: Examples of Floor Plans, Design, and Materials

For much of the world, this past year was spent within the confines of our homes, undoubtedly blurring the lines between our public, professional, and private lives and transforming our living spaces into places of work and productivity. This transformation of spaces and how they are used is nothing new in the world of architecture as countless spaces take on various roles beyond what they were originally designed for--a fact reflected in their layout, design, and the materials used within them.

House in Restelo / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos

© Francisco Nogueira© Francisco Nogueira© Francisco Nogueira© Francisco Nogueira+ 52

Lisboa, Portugal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AEG, BRUMA, Berker, 2GM, Betãolis, +2

Most Beautiful House / Leo Romano

© Salvador Cordaro© Salvador Cordaro© Salvador Cordaro© Salvador Cordaro+ 31

Tree House / Studio Guilherme Torres

© Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio© Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio© Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio© Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio+ 59

Curitiba, Brazil

Cork Trees House / TRAMA arquitetos

© João Morgado© João Morgado© João Morgado© João Morgado+ 39

Q04L63 House / mf+arquitetos

© Felipe Araújo© Felipe Araújo© Felipe Araújo© Felipe Araújo+ 31

  • Architects: mf+arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  282
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Casa de Cora, Cia Luz, Danilo Sbindio, Deca, Design brasil, +6

Lagos House / MAPA

© Leonardo Finotti© Leonardo Finotti© Leonardo Finotti© Leonardo Finotti+ 35

Ciudad de la Costa, Uruguay
  • Architects: MAPA
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Alufran, Bosch, Dura, Laviere Vitacca, MOAA, +1

Setúbal House / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 28

São Pedro House / Íntegra Studio Arquitetura

© Marcelo Donadussi© Marcelo Donadussi© Marcelo Donadussi© Marcelo Donadussi+ 28

Bento Gonçalves, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  136
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Sherwin-Williams, Atelier Soeide BG, Cerâmica Ceusa, Saul Móveis, Thonart

C House / Studio Arthur Casas

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 29

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  425
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: FireOrb, Valcucine, Aricanduva Caixilhos, Arthur Decor, Asia Pedras, +11

Rio House / PAULO MERLINI architects

© Ivo Tavares Studio© Ivo Tavares Studio© Ivo Tavares Studio© Ivo Tavares Studio+ 64

Neblina House / FGMF Arquitetos

© Rafaela Netto© Rafaela Netto© Rafaela Netto© Rafaela Netto+ 30

Itatiba, Brazil
  • Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cor Pedras, Inovar, Lounge Multimídia, Palimanan

Dorfler House / Vitor Vilhena Arquitectura

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 27

Lagos, Portugal

Cork Oak House / Hugo Pereira Arquitetos

© Ivo Tavares Studio© Ivo Tavares Studio© Ivo Tavares Studio© Ivo Tavares Studio+ 52

Celorico de Basto, Portugal

Lima House / Studio MK27

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 36

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10763 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Flos, Gervasoni, HAY, Kalmar, Kettal, +27

Doce Vida House / Studio CK Arquitetura

© Roberta Gewehr
© Roberta Gewehr

© Roberta Gewehr© Roberta Gewehr© Roberta Gewehr© Roberta Gewehr+ 23

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  712
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Andrea Feine, Axell, Bell'Arte, Eliane, +9