With a rooftop this amazing, it’s hard to imagine the homeowners spend any time indoors. Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed this home in the Vietnamese city of Nha Trang, and it sports a green roof like no other we’ve seen. Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, the Hoan Home is a variation on the firm’s serial house project called “house for trees” which integrates lush greenery into relatively inexpensive construction, elevating the overall design to dream-come-true status.
The homeowner requested a large house with a large garden, but only had a small plot of land to work with in Khanh Hoa Province. Designers also had to come up with a creative way to meet local building code, which requires 60 percent of the roof area to be covered by gray or orange-color tile. The regulation also calls for the roof to be sloped at a certain angle. To meet all of these demands, Vo Trong Nghia Architects came up with a deceptively simple solution for the home’s roof, dividing it into alternating stripes of greenery and tile arranged in tiered steps.
In doing so, the architects created a rooftop garden that actually doubles as a patio space, complete with decorative railings. Although it’s difficult to imagine that the homeowners would want to spend any time indoors with such an amazing roof, the interior of the home is as enchanting as the outdoor space.
Elegant in its simplicity, the home’s interior is encased in many floor-to-ceiling windows, drawing in daylight that fills the two-story space. At the center of the home, a small enclosed patio offers a glimpse of greenery and a source of additional light from most vantage points on the ground floor, blurring the line between indoor and out.
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