Stepping Park House
Stepping Park House
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Vo Trong Nghia, Hidetoshi Sawa
Nguyen Van Thien
Wind and Water house Joint Stock Company
The site is located in a new residential area of Ho Chi Minh City, with a park on its northern side. It is a rare opportunity to get a site in Ho Chi Minh city, which is adjacent to a green public space. We therefore focused on designing a house which becomes an extension of its environment by integrating the green of the park into the interior space of the house.
A large void was created by cutting the volume through the three floors, in the diagonal direction of the section. On the ground floor, the void serves as living room, open to the park; on the top floor as a green covered family room. The façade surrounding the void is covered with ivy plants. Louvres provide shadow on the top floor. The void incorporates both circulation elements and natural elements like plants and trees, providing the private rooms with additional natural light. It gives a feeling of continuity of the park, to all three floors of the building. The house aims to create an environment similar to a forest, despite being indoors.
Contradictory to the common spaces, private rooms such as bedrooms are placed in solid volumes. Planting trees in the opening of these volumes blocks direct sunlight, cools the wind and brightens up the interior space with green.
The void that is opened diagonally upwards brings natural ventilation through the house, as a result of the chimney effect. In that way the use of air conditioners is minimized. Walking through the space, one will feel the wind moving the living room to the top floor of the house. Green facade eases the intense sunshine of the tropical climate. The model becomes a precedent for housing in tropical climates.
This house is one of the latest projects in a housing series called "House for Trees". The shortage of green space in Vietnam is causing environmental problems such as urban flooding, overheating and air pollution. Presenting a solution to this problem is an urgent challenge that architecture needs to address. VTN architects integrates green as much as possible even in small houses, creating pockets of park in the city, and eventually aim for the “green building” to spread to the world.
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02/2019 Breathing House 02/2019
12/2018 Stepping Park House 12/2018
09/2017 Stacked Planters House 09/2017
09/2017 Dong Anh House 09/2017
04/2014 House for trees 04/2014
02/2014 Dinh Liet House (Green Renovation) 02/2014
06/2013 Binh Thanh House 06/2013
02/2013 Green Renovation 02/2013
02/2011 Stacking Green 02/2011
In progress Diamond Lotus In progress
Dezeen Awards/ Highly Commended [Category: Urban House of the year]/ Stepping Park House
FuturArc Green Leadership Award/ Merit [Category: Residential- Individual Houses]/ Stepping Park House
DFA Design for Asia Awards/ Silver Award [Category: Environmental Design/ Home & Residential Spaces]/ Stepping Park House
The Architizer A+ Awards/ Popular Choice Winner [Category: The Architecture + Environment – New]/ Stepping Park House
BLT Built Design Awards/ Winner [Category: Architecture Design - Residential]/ Stepping Park House
World Architecture Community Awards 39th Cycle/ Winner [Category: Architecture Realised]/ Stepping Park House