Architecture Residential design

Khuon Studio designs Ho Chi Minh tube house with tapered top to maximise living space

April 27, 2020

Designed by Khuon Studio, the 60m² compact Vy Anh House in Ho Chi Minh City was conceived as a retreat where the owners of the property can enjoy a peaceful retreat after a busy working day. This led to a louver system that completely covers the façade, except for an emergency exit door in the front. Seemingly armoured on the outside the house, designed by architects Huynh Anh Tuan and Ngo Quang Hau, features a lively atrium filled with sunlight and lush greenery.

The family can enjoy a view of this inner oasis from any room of their house. As there is little need for living space on the top, the house is tapered upwards to reduce the area of the upper floors. The resulting curved façade allows natural light deep into this narrow and long tube house.

The air bricks on the louver system, arranged in irregular patterns, ensure security, ventilation and aesthetic emphasis. This system also acts as a trellis that will gradually be covered with vines, resulting in a greenery curtain that provides shade and privacy for this house, a cocoon in the middle of urban chaos.

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Photos: Thiet Vu

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