This Vietnamese family lives with trees inside their luxury home


Green is in

This property in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam grows plants inside out. Hiroyuki Oki/VTN Architects

A multigenerational household has brought the outdoors inside with stunning results.

In a demonstration of their “House for Trees” thrust, Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects) has designed an airy Ho Chi Minh home adorned with interior gardens. From the roof down to the bathroom, the multilevel house is filled inside out with vegetation of various species and sizes.

The plants’ need for ventilation and sunlight requires many spaces inside the house to open up, in turn promoting interaction between occupants, a family of three generations. No one is divided from anyone for long, with alternately stacking openings and many spaces demarcated only by sliding glass doors.

Occupants of the property always have visibility of people in other rooms by way of the gardens, which are situated atop vertically stacking spaces. The bedrooms, as well as the living, dining, and study rooms continuously open.

View from the bedroom. Hiroyuki Oki/VTN Architects

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The abundance of plants gives the property its own microclimate. Air-conditioning is ideally used only occasionally — the owners have yet to furnish one —as the undulating vertical profile results in a lopsided pressure difference. Additionally, the kitchen, bathrooms, stairs and halways are placed to the west, preventing heat from such service areas from spreading.

The owners have every opportunity to plant crops right inside the property, making this an exemplar for vertical farming against a backdrop of high-density housing.

The dining room. Hiroyuki Oki/VTN Architects

Using sustainable materials such as natural stone, wood, exposed concrete combined with the microclimate, this house reduces greatly operational and maintenance cost.

“The architecture is not only to meet the functional and aesthetic concerns, but also as a means to connect people to people and people to nature,” the architects told ArchDaily.

More pictures here:

The living room. Hiroyuki Oki/VTN Architects
The bathroom is open to the elements. Hiroyuki Oki/VTN Architects
The library. Hiroyuki Oki/VTN Architects

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