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House With A Triple Height Atrium

This Vietnamese house is called House for a Daughter. It is located in Ho Chi Minh City and was built by the Khuôn Studio. The apartment is built around a triple high atrium, which is filled with plants and shaded by a perforated facade made of gray brick. The whole house is divided into two zones, one for a family who visits the house frequently and one for their daughter who will live there year round.

Due to the large amount of sunshine hitting the west facade, air bricks were chosen to provide shade and natural ventilation. Custom-made curved concrete blocks in a square frame refer to the curved walls of the interior. From the outside it appears to be a unified house, but interior volumes with rounded edges hang in a triple high atrium.

Some corners of the house are rounded to cut out voids that blur the boundary between the courtyards and enhance the juxtaposition between the two floating architectural masses. There is a communal area in the atrium cooking and dining areas where the family can be together when they are all at home. Large square skylights above the atrium flood the interior with light that is drawn into the rooms indirectly through the large windows with a view of the central room.

There are bedrooms for the family at the front of the house above the ground floor living and dining areas. A bedroom and study for the family daughter is at the back of the house. At the front of the house are a number of living and office spaces, as well as an outdoor terrace on the second floor. Wood and stone surfaces in the living areas contrast with the white shapes of the house walls. To illuminate the house at night, lightbulbs hang from the top of the atrium in the common areas. The terraces overlook the street through a series of curved wall sections that make up the facade.

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