Andrew Michler

Incredible Rock Office is Built From the Ground Up With Simple Stones

by , 01/21/11

Rock Office is a unique structure that sits on a precarious piece of land in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Commissioned as an architecture and construction office with an included gallery, the building expresses a playful minimalism. The project’s use of simple materials like raw stone contributes a surprising element that looks extraordinary at a large scale. The exterior, while only a couple years old, has the presence of a much older building, like a modernist reconstructed ruin.

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Designed by a21 Studio to meet unusual circumstances, the wall system serves to create a low-cost, potentially temporary building — the land lease will expire in less than ten years. The site’s soft ground also required a wide footprint. The gabion cages hold unprocessed stones which make up the curving wall system. Concrete bond beams at two elevations keep the structure rigid and transfer load evenly.

A series of daylighting windows set along the roof maintain interior ambiance without letting the hot sun in. The sparse interior emphasizes materiality and form. The winding walls create for two intimate courtyards while defining distinct spaces that still connect visually.

+ a21 Studio

Via Archdaily

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4 Comments

  1. saw1958 October 4, 2013 at 11:59 am

    This is very innovative and I love it. I search endlessly for Grants and I find some for the “individual” but not many, most go to institutions with the condition it “trickles down” to the people. Well, I believe GRANTS should start going to Home Owners directly ~and~ not take years to receive. If home owners could get “green grants” just imagine how we could save energy consumption in the US! and the world. GEOTHERMAL HEAT and AIR…SOLAR…INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION SUCH ASTHIS LOW COST CONCRETE and ROCK BUILDING. In some areas just having a flat roof and putting soiland grass for a nice look out area could save thousands in heating and cooling!

  2. tuan.jinn January 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Wow that looks incredible… Vietnam… :D

  3. kittie20 January 24, 2011 at 10:36 am

    when are people going to allow us to do things in a more efficient significant way.

  4. lazyreader January 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Quickly Robin!! To the bat-cave. Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah Batman!!

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