Nishizawa Architects' Thong House in Saigon deconstructs the concept of the traditional townhouse to provide integrated spaces for a more sociable lifestyle. The building looks like a stack of shifting volumes made of concrete and wood and it features decentralized circulation routes that connect public and private areas.
The box-like volumes create alternating indoor and semi-outdoor spaces populated with indigenous plants. Thanks to a flexible design, users can choose the optimal degree of privacy and natural lighting. Leaf patterns and handmade woodwork can be found throughout the house, referencing local and regional culture.
The main entrance with a narrow, covered passageway leads to a 5-meter-high living room with a rotating door system at the rear of the property. This provides additional natural ventilation and allows residents to reach the secluded backyard. Both the living room and dining area expand up vertically. A steel staircase provides access to several floating private volumes that house a library, guest room, and kids’ room. The master bedroom is located on the fourth floor and overlooks the landscaped garden, while a workshop and a small laundry room occupy the top floor.
Photos by Hiroyuki Oki