Binh Thanh House: A Concept of Duality
Updated: Aug 24
Located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, the Binh Thanh House was designed by VTN Architects for two families; a couple in their sixties and their son’s couple with a child. The plot has a bilateral character. It is in a typical developing and urbanized area, facing a noisy and dusty street. But it is also very close to the river and the Saigon Zoo with a plenty of greenery very nearby.
Set against this contradictory backdrop, the house was developed to accommodate two different lifestyles: a traditional way of living which utilizes light and ventilation, and conversely, a more modern approach using technologically advanced solutions such as air conditioning to ensure that the home remains at an ambient temperature.
The House Design
The house is composed of two different spaces positioned alternately. Spaces for modern lifestyle are allocated in three floating volumes wrapped by concrete pattern blocks. Between volumes are two in-between spaces covered by glass and wide open to the exterior, where the residents enjoy their natural life with wind, sunlight, green and water.
Three volumes are shifted back and forth to bring natural light into the in-between spaces, as well as to create small gardens on each floor. The bottoms of the volumes become the ceilings for the in-between spaces. These surfaces are designed with various curved shapes, providing each in-between space with a different light effect.
Bedrooms and other small rooms are contained in the floating semi-closed volumes to enhance security and privacy. On the other hand, the open in-between spaces are designed to be independent living spaces for two families.
Pattern blocks, which used to be a quite popular device in Vietnam to get natural ventilation, are made of pre-cast concrete with 60cm width and 40cm height. It helps a lot not only to prevent the harsh sun-light and heavy rain from penetrating to the inside, but also to enhance the privacy and safety of the home.
Binh Tanh House follows in step with VTN Architects' Green Architecture strategy.
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