Modern Tropics: Sculptural House Showcases Greenery



Tropical Modern Concrete Home 1

Half-exposed to the elements through three decorative concrete screens, Binh Thanh House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is a modern six-story residence for three generations of the same family. The spacious home features sweeping spiral staircases, pattern blocks for shading, and a unique design that opens it up for an enhanced connection to its tropical environment.

Tropical Modern Concrete Home 2

Enclosed air-conditioned spaces alternate with open-air terraces and courtyards throughout the interior to “accommodate two different lifestyles in a tropical climate,” say Vo Trong Nghia Architects. The glazed facades of the enclosed rooms can be opened to the rest of the home.

Tropical Modern Concrete Home 3

Tropical Modern Concrete Home 4

The duality of the urban setting influenced this hybrid design, as one side of the home faces a busy city street and the other faces a zoo brimming with greenery. The home balances traditional features for tropical architecture that enhance natural daylight and ventilation with modern comforts and conveniences.

Tropical Modern Concrete Home 5

Tropical Modern Concrete Home 6

The design enables cool, dark spaces where the occupants can escape the hot climate and chaos of the city as well as relaxing indoor/outdoor environments that celebrate the natural environment. The concrete pairs beautifully with a profusion of plants on every level.

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