Bat Trang House, Bat Trang, Vietnam
Photography: Hiroyuki Oki
Vo Trong Nghia created this contemporary tackle the traditional Vietnamese shophouse near Hanoi for an prosperous artisanal household that produces high-quality ceramic merchandise. Following the native vernacular, Bat Trang House combines business and residential areas. The raised floor and decrease floor flooring function showrooms for the household to show and promote their merchandise. Four further personal ranges with a kitchen, lounge, 5 bedrooms and a number of other ethereal gardens sit above. The prime flooring features a devoted room for the household altar and an open-air swimming pool bordered by timber and vegetation. Vo needed the persona and heritage of the craft village (Bat Trang, some 15km from Hanoi, is thought for its ceramics manufacturing) to be evident within the structure, so he wrapped the property in a wall made from perforated pink clay ceramic tiles that he commissioned within the village. This ceramic cloak protects the home from the solar in the summertime and from the wind within the winter, whereas the holes be sure that the home nonetheless will get loads of pure mild. Large gaps permit for the timber and vegetation from the elevated gardens to burst via the terracotta-coloured façade.
KEY FEATURES: pink brick, outside/indoor relationship, lattice partitions, dwell/work house, native craft
ARCHITECT’S PREVIOUS WORK: Diamond Island Community Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Chicland Hotel, Danang, Vietnam; House for Trees, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Mole House, London, UK
Photography: Ed Reeve
Searching for her new dwelling, artist Sue Webster was drawn to a derelict Hackney home that had beforehand made headlines for its eccentric proprietor, the ‘Mole Man’ – a landlord who had spent years burrowing a community of tunnels beneath the property. He had subdivided and rented it out in a haphazard means and with no planning permission,