A vertical garden sheltered by a lace-like facade wraps the front and back sides of this row house in Vietnam. Design studio Landmak renovated the overly-complicated and cramped structure by skinning both of its ends with a ventilation brick block that covers the existing balconies and makes them part of the interior. A third level was also added, turning the space into an open, green urban oasis.
In order to renovate this row house in the expensive New Urban area, now neglected due to the economic crisis in Vietnam, the architects set out to transform it into a romantic, peaceful living space. The team added one floor and a mezzanine and included natural elements to form a garden. The kitchen block was added at the back, with the roof acting as a terrace for the master bedroom on the second floor.
The old balconies on each end of the house were skinned with a ventilation brick block that allows rain, wind and sunlight to shine through. Security is paired with porosity in this cocoon-like space which looks particularly beautiful at night.
Photos by Trieu Chien