Architecture

Narrow inner-city house is draped in a veil of greenery

The Breathing House has a rooftop terrace area that is covered in greenery 
The Breathing House has a rooftop terrace area that is covered in greenery 
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The Breathing House measures just 3.9 m (12.7 ft)-wide 
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The Breathing House measures just 3.9 m (12.7 ft)-wide 
The Breathing House is located in a crowded plot in Ho Chi Minh City
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The Breathing House is located in a crowded plot in Ho Chi Minh City
The Breathing House is covered in greenery
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The Breathing House is covered in greenery
The Breathing House's greenery helps to shade its courtyards 
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The Breathing House's greenery helps to shade its courtyards 
The Breathing House has a rooftop terrace area that is covered in greenery 
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The Breathing House has a rooftop terrace area that is covered in greenery 
The Breathing House's greenery creates pleasant dappled lighting 
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The Breathing House's greenery creates pleasant dappled lighting 
The Breathing House measures 343 sq m (roughly 3,700 sq ft)
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The Breathing House measures 343 sq m (roughly 3,700 sq ft)
"The significance of the project is that it creates a green space, in the heart of a growing mega city," says Vo Trong Nghia Architects
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"The significance of the project is that it creates a green space, in the heart of a growing mega city," says Vo Trong Nghia Architects
The Breathing House is spread over five floors
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The Breathing House is spread over five floors
The Breathing House was completed in 2019 
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The Breathing House was completed in 2019 
The Breathing House's interior includes a master bedroom, kid's room, and guest room
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The Breathing House's interior includes a master bedroom, kid's room, and guest room
A skylight brightens the stairway in the Breathing House's interior
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A skylight brightens the stairway in the Breathing House's interior
The Breathing House is covered in greenery
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The Breathing House is covered in greenery
The Breathing House's living room
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The Breathing House's living room
The Breathing House measures just 3.9 m (12.7 ft)-wide but is 17.8 m (58 ft)-deep
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The Breathing House measures just 3.9 m (12.7 ft)-wide but is 17.8 m (58 ft)-deep

Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects' overriding goal is to add greenery to its homeland's cities and the firm highlights this again with its recently-completed Breathing House. The project involved covering a narrow home in an awkward crowded plot in Ho Chi Minh City with a "green veil" of plants.

The Breathing House measures just 3.9 m (12.7 ft)-wide but is 17.8 m (58 ft)-deep. This results in an usual layout consisting of five connected tower-like areas that are staggered within the boundary walls, creating multiple courtyards and outdoor areas.

To add a degree of privacy, Von Trong Nghia installed a metal mesh with creeper plants growing atop – the result is quite striking, especially when viewed from above, and the entire home is covered in green. Planters are also installed throughout, and it looks like a pleasant way to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Breathing House measures just 3.9 m (12.7 ft)-wide 
The Breathing House measures just 3.9 m (12.7 ft)-wide 

The interior of the home proper has 343 sq m (roughly 3,700 sq ft) of floorspace, spread over five floors. Access is gained through the ground floor garage, with kitchen and living areas upstairs, followed by a master bedroom, upper courtyards, a kid's room and a rooftop terrace, also covered in greenery, as the floors rise.

"The significance of the project is that it creates a green space, in the heart of a growing mega city," says Vo Trong Nghia Architects. "We hope the essence of this design would give positive influence to the cities in Vietnam, which is losing its green spaces at an alarming rate."

Previously completed projects by the firm that have a similar aesthetic include the House for Trees and Binh House.

Source: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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