Excerpt: Bi House Nha Trang by Pham Huu Son Architects promotes sustainable resort space and nature, aiming to mitigate human impact on the planet through green architecture. The house does return as much of the natural green space by vertical green patches weaving and rearranging throughout the building. This helps create a natural shield against heat, noise and dust as well as give the house a different appearance from the outside.
[Text as submitted by architect] Situated about 5 km south of Nha Trang city center, Bi House Nha Trang is located in a rapidly developing suburb with increasing population where intense concrete construction is shrinking vegetation and natural green spaces. Keeping in mind the spirit of green architecture, Bi House Nha Trang design brings a sustainable resort space and nature to the house and contributes to counteracting the impact of humankind on the planet.
Built on an area of 80m2, Bi House does return as much of the natural green space by vertical green patches weaving and rearranging throughout the building. This helps create a natural shield against heat, noise and dust as well as give the house a different appearance from the outside.
Constantly attacked by the heat of center Vietnam, natural ventilation is the priority for sustainable energy architecture in the area. To achieve this, multiple solutions had been implemented.
Bi House’s master bedroom on the top floor is protected from the heat by a grassed roof. For the two bedrooms on the middle floor where they absorb the most heat in the afternoon, the designers create a deep trench separating the two spaces, extending from the ground floor to the terrace to create a ventilation space and a second wall to shield and reduce heat radiation from the outside directly into the building.
Horizontally, there are two ventilation gaps located behind and above the staircase area between the house to help air flow and radiate heat for the whole house. On top of that, green gardens surrounding the house also provide another boost of natural cool air.
Besides heat control, lighting is also well thought. Throughout the spaces, glass panes are flexibly used in many different positions to bring natural light into the building as well as minimize power consumption.