Facade encompassing bricks, a local popular material available at cheap price.
Material : Baked Brick, Concrete, Terrazzo, Wood
Structure of the house and solution For stormy season
The structure of the house include many layers which are brick walls with holes arranged randomly like a termitary together with the large inter-floor space. Those holes are considered as vents help the wind rotate inside the house and allows breeze and light get to all corners in the house, created a refresh living environment.
The special constructing technique of “double skins” with two layers:one brick wall covering outside and one slide - glass inside creates a space within a wall, which functions as a buffer layer at both gable.
In stormy season, the second layer will help to block the strong wind and rain. Also, the buff er layer creates a fluctuation in pressure, push the wind go straight toward to the gap. On the roof, architects use a system of girders and upside down fl oors to create a small garden for plants which is used to decrease the aff ect of thermal radiation.
During the day, the natural light shines through to cast patterned shadows across the interior walls. At different time during the day, the variety of the light intensity getting through the interfloor holes makes the brick wall colours change and creates variety emotion of colour on the surface of the brick. In the evening, the house looks like a giant lantern with light shining through the holes.
The architect allocated the stairs, warehouse and toilet in both east and west side created a buffer space to prevent the direct sunlight and make the structure of the house steadier in typhoons.
The house is with a large sharing space in the center where a cooking counter, a dining table, and an entertaining corner. This “lobby” then leads to different functional areas in the house such as the rest room, the living room, and the bedrooms. The mezzanine is where another bedroom, an altar room, and a small library are found. The attic is an open relaxing area with rig vines.
In the sharing areas in the house, the space is not limited by the wall, the family members can still see and chat to each other through the walls with holes. It can help to bring family members closer in this morden busy life.
During the day, the natural light shines through to cast patterned shadows across the interior walls. slender skylights offer light and ventilation, providing each room with a view of the sky and the lush green roof. They also serve as outlets for hot air to keep the indoor cooler. At different time during the day, the variety of the light intensity getting through the interfloor holes makes the brick wall colours change and creates variety of emotions through colours on the surface of the brick. In the evening, the house looks like a giant lantern with light shining through the holes.
To Save Cost
The total cost is 27,000usd for 140 m square include 22,000 usd for construction cost and 5,000 usd for interior decoration, M&e and furniture. To save cost, the timber from old house is used to make furniture and apply very simple design for them. The architects also minimized the unnecessary thing for the house, starting by removing finish layer, and then reducing unnecessary walls and doors in the house.
The Use of Materials
Under tropical sunlight, the color of the brick changes. The brick is a local popular material which is subtainable and available in cheap price.
Bricks with the absorption capacity help to regulate the humidity of the house. This is a really important factor to build such house in tropical climate countries.
Architecture : Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon of Tropical,Space Co. Ltd., Vietnam
USP : The Brick wall façade that can withstand stormy season
Year : 2014
Site Area : 190 sqm
Building area : 140 sqm
Level : 02 (1 ground floor, 1 mezzanine)
Investment : 27,000 USD (construction cost: 22,000 USD; interior decoration cost: 5,000 USD)
For many years, the brick and other raw material was always hidden under a lot of finish layers. Choosing to use brick for the house, the team also wanted to expose the natural and rustic beauty of the brick under the sunlight which could be an endless inspiration for the architects.