The Stone House, like many of Vo Trong Nghia’s projects blur the lines between indoor and outdoors. The torus-shaped house features a rising green roof and dark blue stone walls that allow the house to seamlessly integrate into the natural landscape.
Moreover, in the center of the house lies a sequential garden. According to the architects, “the rooms surround the oval courtyard, making a colony-like relationship with each other. The courtyard and green roof compose a sequential garden, which creates a rich relationship between inside and outside of the house. The family with two young children have been enjoying their living in the house. They sense each other and deepen their communication, rounding and rounding in the house”.
Another signature style of Vo Trong Nghia’s projects are designs to minimize energy consumption. The central courtyard plants and pool of water allow for passive cooling. Additionally, the green roof is maintained by a built-in irrigation system.
The main materials used were cubic stones with a thickness of 10 cm and hard wood. Of course, the design is complemented with greenery. The goal of using these materials? Vo Trong Nghia wanted to create “a space that can record the changes and traces of time over the years through the aging of natural materials”.
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