SkyGarden Home Design: Natural Integration and Openness in Limited Space


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In the face of today’s rapidly growing urban development in Vietnam, designing houses in limited space while meeting diverse functional needs is a challenging task for architects. SkyGarden House, a townhouse in Nha Trang City, located in Central Vietnam (a region characterized by a tropical climate with distinct rainy and dry seasons), is built on a non-square 100 square meter plot of land; this is a challenge in the design process.

The main functions of SkyGarden House include a living room, kitchen, and a bedroom on the ground floor, with two additional bedrooms on the second floor; the master bedroom is located on the third floor. These spaces are connected to each other via a staircase and an open cavity in the middle of the house. One of the advantages of this house design is its ability to make the living space more natural. By introducing natural light through large glass panels and an open skylight above the stairs, along with numerous glass doors, the design not only creates an artistic panorama but also significantly reduces reliance on artificial lighting during the day. This not only reduces energy consumption but also produces a unique play of light, connecting the interior space intimately with nature and avoiding a monotonous atmosphere.

Harmony with nature is seen in the strategic placement of green plants around the bedrooms and sanitary areas, mimicking a green garden. This not only reduces dust from outside, improves air quality but also forms a lively and fresh view from inside. In the luxurious space of the master bedroom on the highest floor, a cool green paradise unfolds like a living painting, captivating observers from every angle. This garden not only serves as a unique focal point for the home, but also transforms the master bedroom area into a beautiful and unique place of relaxation for the homeowner. Thanks to the large glass walls, the interior seamlessly blends into the garden outside, creating a sensation of infinite openness. This not only reveals a nice view of the outdoor landscape but also enhances human comfort and connection with nature. The bedroom becomes not only a place to rest but also an area to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of nature in the most private space of the house.

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The benefits of using glass materials are undeniable; however, challenges arise regarding the difficulty in reducing heat in interior spaces due to the heat-absorbing properties of the glass layer. To overcome this challenge, the solution involves dividing the glass into layers with gaps in between. This allows air to circulate freely through the gaps, facilitating internal heat release while bringing in outside air to cool the interior space. This method ensures ventilation for the house and is part of the architect’s naturalized approach to air cooling.

The exterior of SkyGarden House is designed with a simple but unique shape, featuring a stretching green area as a focal point. Trees are strategically placed around the ground floor to create views from inside, acting as a cool green screen to avoid direct views from outside, ensuring privacy for the bedroom area. The remaining space around the living room is decorated with a surrounding pool, adding comfort to the house. In addition to providing impressive views from the living room and kitchen, the surrounding pool also serves to cool the interior space on hot days.

The interior of the house is designed in a minimalist style, featuring simplicity and using warm colors to create a comfortable and luxurious space. The flexible combination of simple but effective and functional elements highlights every detail. Additionally, the use of reflective glass not only enhances aesthetics but also broadens the view, promoting a sensation of openness and connection with the outside. By implementing various green architectural solutions in a modern design, maximizing space, and adopting a minimalist yet luxurious interior, SkyGarden House is not only an ideal living space in a busy urban environment but also an icon of energy efficiency and environmental awareness.

Architects: Pham Huu Son Architects |
Area: 400 m²
Year: 2023
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki |
Manufacturers: Jotun, Xingfa
Lead Architect: Pham Huu Son
Contractors: Nha Xanh 79 Company
Project Development: Nguyen Truong Ky
Drawings: Phan Quy
Engineer: Nguyen Ngoc Thien
City: Nha Trang
Country: Vietnam


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