With their "Properly Breathing House" in a suburban area just 15 kilometers from the center of Hanoi, Vietnamese architecture firm H&P Architects has found a way to mitigate the consequences of rapid urbanization. Addressing poorly lit and ventilated spaces exposed to pollution and noise, the building creates a strong connection between the interior and the exterior, facilitates natural ventilation and promotes wellbeing and recycling with an innovative skin of recycled ceramic bricks.
The building features an interesting double-skin facade and several voids in its interior. These elements improve the quality of indoor air and work with, not against, the tropical weather conditions of the region. The outer layer is made of recycled ceramic bricks that help purify dust and smoke and suck in fresh air.
Open panels help cool down interior spaces and promote the interaction between the inner and outer scenery. Randomly arranged pot plants absorb humidity and mitigate calorific radiation. The house creates a “natural sense of breathing rhythm” and presents a healthier alternative to what’s being built in Dong Anh.
Photos by Nguyen Tien Thanh