Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects has completed an impressive infill feat in Vinh, Vietnam with their Cul-de-sac house, a four-meter-wide town home that is flanked by houses on all four sides.
Hanoi-based Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects were challenged with providing enough natural light in the 10-meter-long home, as non of the building facades open to the street. The team designed the home around a central atrium with a skylight, and windows face down into this space. The company also added a grid of square openings – measuring 60 by 60 centimeters – to the facade, allowing air to flow through the building.
"In this tiny property, our idea is to make voids in order to gain natural light, ventilation, and plant as many trees as possible," studio founder Nguyen Khac Phuoc told Dezeen. "The squares play a role as a membrane to gain the indirect natural light in a tropical climate and provide air filtration."
The home follows the trend for other extremely narrow homes in densely populated Asian cities.