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Unconventional Architecture: The Intriguing SkyGarden House by Pham Huu Son

SkyGarden House, Nha Trang, VN / Pham Huu Son Architects

Hiroyuki Oki

Pham Huu Son Architects has brought to life the SkyGarden House, a vibrant townhouse nestled in Nha Trang City, Central Vietnam. Situated on a non-square plot spanning 100 sqm, the architectural design faced its fair share of challenges due to its unconventional shape, resulting in an intriguingly uneven perimeter outline.

SkyGarden House, Nha Trang, VN / Pham Huu Son Architects

The main objective of the architects was to seamlessly blend natural elements into the living space, creating a cozy ambiance within an urban setting. To achieve this, the team incorporated generous glass panels and doors, a skylight positioned above the staircase, and a series of partially open patios adorned with lush greenery.

SkyGarden House, Nha Trang, VN / Pham Huu Son Architects

These innovative design elements not only maximize the influx of natural light, but also minimize the reliance on artificial lighting during daylight hours, thereby reducing energy consumption. Furthermore, they establish a harmonious connection between the indoor spaces and the surrounding nature, effectively steering clear of a mundane atmosphere.

SkyGarden House, Nha Trang, VN / Pham Huu Son Architects

The SkyGarden House is designed with various interconnected areas, including a living room, kitchen, ground-floor bedroom, two additional bedrooms on the second floor, and the master bedroom on the third floor. These spaces are connected through a staircase and an open void at the center of the house. The inclusion of small green elements surrounding the bedrooms and sanitary spaces creates a resemblance to miniature gardens. This not only enhances the indoor air quality by reducing external dust but also provides vibrant views from the inside.

SkyGarden House, Nha Trang, VN / Pham Huu Son Architects

However, the use of glass in the house poses challenges due to its heat-absorbing properties, making heat dissipation a complex task. To overcome this issue, Pham Huu Son Architects have divided the glass into multiple layers with gaps. This design allows for better air circulation, facilitating the release of internal heat and cooling the interior by allowing outside air to enter.

SkyGarden House, Nha Trang, VN / Pham Huu Son Architects

Strategically positioned trees around the ground floor act as a verdant screen, ensuring privacy for the bedroom area while offering pleasant internal views. Additionally, a pool surrounding the living room adds to the aesthetic appeal of the house. It not only provides an attractive sight from the living and kitchen areas but also helps in cooling the interior during warmer days.

SkyGarden House, Nha Trang, VN / Pham Huu Son Architects

Inside the house, a minimalist style is embraced, prioritizing simplicity and utilizing warm tones to create a comfortable ambiance. The use of reflective glass further expands the vistas, fostering a sense of spaciousness and connection with the outdoors.