Excerpt: Tropical Penthouse, designed by StudioDuo Architecture & Interior, creates a nourishing and refreshing space in the concrete jungle using natural materials. The house has different social spaces, acting as a planter box for the lush greeneries to experience the interior with nature.
[Text as submitted by architect] A blooming garden in the concrete jungle where to rest, enjoy with friends and family, and foster your health and mind. Creating a nourishing and refreshing space was the main task when designing the space. The use of warm materials such as wood and stucco, combined with the lush greeneries everywhere, creates a tropical and almost alive environment.
Hardwood teak floors and cast on-site concrete to give shape to the furniture and benches that stretch throughout the space. The living room is highlighted with a custom-made modular sofa that can be arranged for a stay-at-home cinema night or create a conversation lounge.
The main space generator is the long bench that stretches from corner to corner of the house, creating the different social spaces of the house and acting as a planter box for the lush greeneries.
The outdoor terrace is topped with a green ceiling form with floating planter boxes hanging down the slab. This huge balcony is the main feature of the house as its beach club-like vibes are one of a kind in Saigon. The upper floor is more introverted than the ground floor and full of facilities such as Spa, Gym, Office and 4 rooms.
Decoration ranges from exquisite paintings from the owners, to custom-made rattan lamps and a Honda 67, an iconic motorbike in Vietnam, hanging as a backdrop for the office space and the staircase arrival.