But apart from macro projects, VTN Architects also ventures into other types of commissions. Family houses in densely populated urban neighborhoods are great playgrounds for integrating green into the concrete jungle. In Ho Chi Minh, on a narrow plot of 7×20 meter (23x66ft) enclosed by two buildings, they used voids to create the conditions to naturally ventilate the house. A continuous terrace weaves through the whole building, bringing the outdoor to the inside, even including a swimming pool in the narrow plot.
In the same city, you can find more examples by VTN Architects in which they introduce greenery to narrow urban plots. In this case, conditioned by a width of less than 4 meters (13 feet), a ‘green veil’ that covers the building, together with the use of voids creates a ‘breathing home’ in another densely populated neighborhood.
Both of these houses are examples of how, by not occupying the whole built volume, buildings can breathe into themselves, providing some of the urban calm that is so needed in contemporary dense urban environments. VTN Architects has built many more houses that use this same principle of (re)introducing green into the city. Another example which showcases breathing space in a dense Vietnamese city is the VAC-Library project, which, inspired by rural traditions, brings green to Hanoi.