Building for the local climate

A house in a riverside urban regeneration area in Da Nang, Vietnam, created by Vietnamese architecture studio Tropical Space. This residential construction uses the ground floor as a small cafe formed by rectangular brick walls, while the upper floor serves as the living space of a nuclear family, which is combined by three different blocks on a square plane. 


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The balconies are expanded as a part of the interior space. Therefore, these areas transform into common zones between the interior and exterior, helping to promote more activities and to alter wind speed passing through the areas.


The children in the house love the garden outside the house which is located between the main functional spaces including the dining room, bedroom, and living room.
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Common room
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Outside of the house, the garden spaces are the kids' favourite areas, and alternate with other functional spaces such as the dining room, the bedroom, and the living room. Functional areas were created both inside and outside of the house in order to intertwine with each other. The more we interact and feel nature directly, the greater the opportunities for fostering the ability to share and respect nature. The indoor courtyard and the outside garden on the ground floor are separated and shaped by shadows cast by the walls. Awakening each morning to the smell of roasted coffee in the air, complemented by a peaceful choice of music, presents an interesting start to the day.


The indoor garden and the outer garden are divided by the shadows of the walls.
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Coffee area
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About Tropical space

Tropical space was founded in 2011 by two architects - Nguyen Hai Long and Tran Thi Ngu Ngon. Living in a tropical environment, the duo realized that architecture could influence how people live harmoniously with their surroundings, and the architects want to encourage and inspire that idea through their works. There are two main design influences in every Tropical Space project - sculpture and climate. Everything starts with a response to the local climate and mitigating the effects of climate change. Initially, these are practical design choices. However, Tropical Space’s architecture style is inspired by sculptural forms and simple shapes.