Best Design Projects has to show you this amazing Properly Breathing House, by H&P Architects. It is an amazing project that intends to give more importance to the quality of used space and surrounding scenery and lesser to the usual suffocating buildings.
First, let’s understand what a “suffocating” situation means. Just 15 kilometers far from the center of Hanoi, the suburban district Dong Anh has witnessed pervasive urbanization, that is one of the major causes for a trend towards a maximum use of volume and quantity of construction areas. Lesser importance has been attached to the quality of used space and surrounding scenery. The tragic result is a large number of “suffocating” buildings as often found in newly planned, stuffy urban areas characterized with land plot subdivision for building row houses in Vietnam.
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Now, what is a “properly breathing” solution? Featured in both living and working space, a “properly breathing” house works as a solution to improve quality of the used space, by creating a natural sense of breathing rhythm in monsoon tropical conditions, which is attributed to the two built-in functions: The Inside and outside. The inside offers many voids while the outside has double-skin facade including the inner layer as all-glass panels; the between as corridor for movement; the outer layer as recycled ceramic bricks (40cmx40cm). Pot plants are also randomly arranged to absorb the humidity and mitigate calorific radiation.
Together with the inner duplex, the layer of ceramic bricks aim to purify dust and smoke, suck in fresh air and take heat away through open panels alternated with pot plants on the facade. This filter helps revitalize the architectural space by balancing the breathing of human and nature, and promoting the connection and interaction between the inner and outer scenery, roofs with creepers above and pot plants and vegetables below, sunlight and shade.
A properly breathing space is required so that it can breathe properly towards a healthy life in both natural and socio-cultural habitat singular to each region. In this sense, the properly breathing house is expected to contribute to highlighting the local architecture in a current global context.