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H&P Architects : Brick Cave

Inspired by troglodyte constructions, this odd house located in Hanoi (Vietnam), designed by the local agency H & P Architects, plays with light and shadows, masonry and nature, blurring the border between inside and outside.

The original silhouette of the 175 square meter dwelling mimics the shape of the caves, man's first habitat. This return to sources, almost primitive, guides the whole conception of the project: from the choice of facing brick as the main material to the spatial organization: a volume of two rock-like levels, surrounded by a double serrated skin alternating between full and voids that filters the sun in the manner of moucharabiehs letting show this interstitial space largely embellished with greenery.

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"Brick Cave really offers an interesting and enjoyable experience for the occupants as they are housed in a large open space harmonized with the comfort of a safe shelter. " H & P Architects

A relationship inside / outside is found in the interior where we find a large living room on the ground floor, two bedrooms on the upper floor and a roof terrace planted. Each of the "rooms" reinterprets or recalls an element of the outside world: a courtyard corner, a stretch of visible sky, a small garden, paths, etc., all confined to a warm and reassuring space due to the different materials - red brick , natural wood, stone.

A perfect alliance between nature and construction.

To learn more, visit the website of H & P Architects

Photographs: Nguyen Tien Thanh

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