Vo Trong Nghia Architects has presented its third prototype for low-cost housing in Vietnam, which combines the lightweight structure of the 1st model with the durability of the second .
In search of to discover a remedy to the country’s housing crisis, the Vietnamese firm 1st started working on the S Home project in 2012. The aim is to create a template for inexpensive permanent dwellings in the Mekong Delta area.
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The initial prototype was for a lightweight steel-framed residence, while the second was built from precast concrete to offer you greater lengthy-term stability. This third iteration combines reinforced concrete foundations with a steel frame and steel lattice walls.
“Combining the advantages of the first and second prototype, S Residence three realises higher durability, flexibility and easier construction, although maintaining the affordability and lightweight [structure] of the series,” stated Vo Trong Nghia Architects, whose projects also contain a bamboo restaurant and a kindergarten with a vegetable garden on its roof.
“Slender steel lattice walls secure, assistance, and rigidify the whole frames. Hence the number of beams is minimised, minimizing steel quantity drastically compared to prior prototypes – this structure only weighs 1,200 kilograms.”
The team believes this new construction will help the constructing to withstand the extreme climatic conditions of the south-western Vietnamese area.
“Even though there are numerous regional challenges such as weak ground condition, frequent typhoons and potential earthquakes, the structure is stable adequate to withstand organic disasters,” they stated.
The prototype was erected in Ho Chi Minh City. As with earlier versions, it was built from modular components that every weigh no far more than 60 kilograms so that they can be effortlessly transported in normal-sized shipping containers.
According to the architects, the structure and roof of one house can be assembled in only three hours. This one has been clad with cement board, but various supplies can be used depending on what is most readily offered.
Organic lighting and ventilation are integral to the style, creating the constructing appropriate for higher temperatures and extreme humidity.
The architects are now working on the fourth phase of the S Home project. The subsequent prototype will be for a bigger developing that could also be utilized as a clinic, a school or a shop.
“Beginning from the Mekong Delta, the S House project is aiming to expand itself to the whole Vietnam, Southeast Asia, and to the rest of globe – India and African countries – where low-earnings individuals are suffering from poorly built environment,” added the group.
Photography is by Hiroyuki Oki.
Architect Firm: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Principal architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
Architect: So Adachi
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
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