The house by Sanuki Daisuke architects in Oh Chi Minh City features organically connected outside spaces, providing fresh air-circulation and deep day lighting penetration.
The project is a small apartment with seven rooms in Binh Thanh District, a nearly central area in Ho Chi Minh City. It is located in a high density area surrounded by two or three-storey buildings. Based on the study on the “cross-sectional” perspective, a large open courtyard is placed in the middle of the building and a U-shaped solid mass is created by two “towers” with the connection at the ground floor. Furthermore, we create a void for connecting the garden-space on ground floor to the open-area courtyard.
In addition, the architects designed a lanai (semi-outdoor space) for each room exposed to the courtyard. These outside spaces (open-area courtyard, garden space, and lanai) are organically connected each other making use of the fresh air-circulation and deep day lighting penetration the whole building. A lot of outside space enhances occupants’ living style with a deep connection to the outdoor found in tropical areas.
According to the client’s request, Sanuki Daisuke architects tried to utilize the local materials in Vietnam for low cost construction. The terracotta screen block is very popular in Vietnam. They combined different patterns of blocks, creating a characteristic facade and outside space in the courtyard, which makes use of natural ventilation, passive cooling by shading, while simultaneously enhancing occupant security. In the outside space, Thai architects planted a lot of greenery making use of the natural abundance of natural daylight and natural ventilation, creating an enjoyable outdoor space.
Apartment in Binh Thanh
Program: single family house
Architect: Sanuki Daisuke architects – Sanuki Daisuke, Nguyen Thi Gia Khuong
Structure Engineer: Tam Sau Mechanical and Contruction
ME Engineer: Technical Hung Viet Company
Area: 431,8 sqm