FGLA 2019 Merit: Brick Cave

Residential / 2nd Quarter 2019

FGLA 2019 Merit: Brick Cave

Resembling a cave, the overall structure of the house is made up of, and enclosed by, two layers of brick wall meeting each other at an intersection, with alternate green arrangements of plants and vegetables. Bricks have long been a familiar local material and are widely used in the rural areas of Vietnam, by employing a simple manual method of construction.

The two built-in layers of wall function as a filter to eliminate the adverse elements of the external environment (solar heat gain from the west; dust; noise) while bringing nature (daylight; rain; wind) into the house. The top of the outer wall is tilted inwards in different diagonal angles to create better views.

Project NameBrick Cave
LocationBieu Khe Hamlet, Thuy Lam Commune, Dong Anh District,
Hanoi, Vietnam
Completion DateDecember 2017
Site Area175 square metres
Gross Floor Area190 square metres
Number of Rooms2 bedrooms
Building Height9.73 metres
Client/OwnerNguyen Van Kinh
Architecture FirmH&P Architects
Principal ArchitectDoan Thanh Ha
Main ContractorLocal workers
Mechanical & Electrical EngineerH&P Architects
Civil & Structural EngineerH&P Architects

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