This project is a ‘tube house’—an extremely narrow, elongated dwelling going up several storeys above ground—typical of dwellings in Hanoi City, the capital of Vietnam.

Street view of the house. All photos by Hoang Le Photography < > < > < >

It faces all of the problems brought about by the density of the city: spanning only 4.2 metres in width and 35 metres in length, while being tightly sandwiched between other buildings, the house had very little access to natural lighting and ventilation. Because of that, every aspect of the house’s surroundings needed to be considered in the design.

The architects needed to balance the functions between minimising negative impacts from the crowded context, creating ...

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