When architecture studio Tropical Space was tapped to renovate an old house in Da Nag, Vietnam, they came up with a solution that was both functional and incredibly captivating.
Perforated brick walls were used to enclose the original concrete structure, creating a strong shell that protected the home and its inhabitants from the often harsh and unpredictable weather of central Vietnam. The design also allows ample light and air to flow through the interior spaces, particularly in the patios located at the front and back of the house.
The baked bricks that surround the two-story home were inspired by a traditional material that has been used locally for generations, most notably in the mysterious ancient Champa towers.
Inside, the home features concrete ceilings and floors covered in grey terrazzo. Downstairs, there’s an open living and dining area along with a master bedroom, two bathrooms, and storage areas. The second level includes another bedroom with ensuite bathroom, an altar room for prayer, a library, and a dramatic atrium overlooking the living space.
At night, the Termitary House is aglow and resembles a giant lantern with light emanating from between the brickwork.