titled ‘long an house’, this residence in rural vietnam comprises two angled exterior walls that lead into the second floor — creating a host of interesting spaces within. the project was designed by tropical space, a firm based in vietnam, who were also responsible for the design of the chicken house in the back yard. as you are welcomed into the home, light filters into your path. as you walk further in you are drawn toward the center, all while a framed window displays the outside space beyond. the overall impression is one of freedom.
all images by oki hiroyuki
it’s impressive that tropical space managed to accomplish this airy structure simply with concrete and brick. the plan is based around a central courtyard with a reflective pool, where a tree peacefully grows. the light from the sun illuminates the brick with a soft orange glow. chance openings inside the structure fame the blue sky as you move from one end to the other.
this space, while distinctly cozy and sheltering, maintains a close relationship with the nature outside. the design focuses on the brick patterned walls and made sure to allow light and fresh air into the space. the trapezoid façade of the house marks a commitment to symmetry throughout the plan. the northern wing houses the kitchen and other facilities for meal preparation. this is traditionally of major importance to the home typology in the region. it is here where guests and family members gather to cook and connect.
location: my hanh nam, ward, duc hoa district, long an province, vietnam
architecture: tropical space co.,ltd
principal architects: nguyen hai long, tran thi ngu ngon
design team: nguyen anh duc, nguyen thu hoai, nguyen tuan dang
site area: 750 sqm
building area: 300 sqm
materials: brick, concrete
photography: oki hiroyuki
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