Binh Thanh House by Vo Trong Nghia and Sanuki + Nishizawa
Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed a house in Ho Chi Minh City with half of its floors screened behind hollow concrete blocks and the other half exposed to the elements (+ slideshow). Working alongside architects Sanuki + Nishizawa, Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed the six-storey Binh Thanh House for three generations of a single family, adding curved concrete ceilings, a spiral staircase and gardens on each floor. Alternating levels offer a mixture of both air-conditioned and naturally ventilated spaces. "The concept of the house is to accommodate two different lifestyles in a tropical climate," said the architects. The second and fourth floors have glazed facades that slide open, bringing natural light and cross ventilation through a pair of family living rooms that both occupy an entire storey. One features an undulating concrete ceiling, while the other is framed by a row of barrel vaults. Vo Trong Nghia Architects has offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
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