a21 studio Intertwines Steel and Vines to Create a Low-Cost Home in Vietnam

Vietnamese architecture firm a21 studio has created The Nest, a low-cost residence in an urban area of Binh Duong, a province just north of Ho Chi Minh City. Built for a middle-aged man on a limited budget, the firm utilized low-cost metal sheets and mesh panels along with used and found objects, creating a structure that was both easy to build and relatively cheap to implement. In order to introduce an element of nature into a dense urbanized area, a21 conceived the house as a kind of planter. A mesh screen surrounds the exterior wall of the home, which functions both as a patio space and a kind of trellis for trees and curling vines to fill the inner and outer spaces of the home. The ground floor, comprising the kitchen and living room, is completely open to the elements without any walls, doors or windows, while the upper floor, containing the living quarters, is more enclosed for privacy. In effect, the architects have created an urban dwelling exploding with natural vegetation, a kind-of green oasis in the heart of a bustling city. a21 hopes the house will serve as a kind-of ...
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