By the generous offer from Binh Thanh house owner, we had a great opportunity to move our office to here after 3 years this project had been completed. In the initial design, the lowest level of this six-story-house was supposed to be the parking lots for the whole family. Later on, this semi-basement where the floor level is 1.8 meter below adjoining ground level and clearly separate from the rest of the house, was refurbished it to become our office when we moved in.
What we aim to in the new workplace is “Working concentrated indoor but still being able to connect with wind, sunlight, green and water”. Accordingly, we increased a large amount of greenery in the entrance of our office while designed a top light with jalousie toplight above another greenery and water feature in the end of the room. Consequently, our open-office lets the air come through all day long and control fluctuations in temperature. On the other hand, the jalousie windows were designed to be easily adjusted the angle in order to control the wind level go through the workspace while its transparency would have slightest impact on the original design of the house. The most beautiful moment would occur daily at noon, when the sun is in the highest altitude. The joyful scenery of the top light fulfilled with the sunlight, and seasonally changed its direction while the fish is wandering around the water feature, making the water reflection sparkling on the ceiling can help people away from the stress in the lunchtime.
“Be simple, not disturb the airflow as much as possible and remain the material as original as it could be” is the target we ask for the furniture in our column-free interior workspace. As a result, a stunning 5100-mm-long table supported by 6 thin-solid-steel legs with the carbon-black-skin was made in order to cohere everybody as a community with its enormous surface. On this table, hundreds of works would be done here such as design drawing, mocking up the concepts, team discussion and also could turn into a meeting place if necessary. Along with the table in the middle of the room, invisible book shelves composed by many 4mm-thin-steel panels with the similar table texture were created to contribute the space as a massive but neat one. In contrast, the coarse-textured wooden panels with the washed surface were installed to the floor for naturally warming up the coldness and softening the hardness of metal furniture.
This is such an irreplaceable chance to experience the richness of half-outdoor working space not only to us but also to the clients whenever they drop us a visit. Realistically, besides the shadow and the brightness changes throughout a whole day long, what our skin can feel in exactly each minute living here could be listed as temperature, breeze, humidity, the sound of the water moves, the plantings growth... As architects who always ask for the inspiration in the daily life, those elements could become important factors for us to think deeply about our architectural tropical practice so far./.