House for trees

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“House of Trees”, a prototypical house within a tight budget of 155.000 USD, is an effort to change the current lack of green situation in the city of Ho Chi Minh. The project offers a green oasis in the middle of a densely residential area, accommodating high density dwelling with big tropical trees. The concept consists of five concrete boxes, each housing a different program. They are designed as pots to plant trees on their tops.The boxes are positioned to create a central, communal courtyard and small gardens in between. The boxes open to this central courtyard with large glass doors and operable windows to enhance natural lighting and ventilation, while remain relatively closed on the other sides for privacy and security. The common paces such as the dining room and the library are located on the ground floor with access to the courtyard.