Tropical House in Vietnam Surrounded by Mango Trees And Shrimp Farms

Situated at the top of a hill in Cam Hai Dong, Vietnam, this house looks as if it has its own little island. The idea was to create a structure that blends into the landscape and communicated naturally with its surroundings. The project was developed by studio Idee architects and finished in 2018. The house is close to an old mango farm and also a series of shrimp farms so for its design the architects opted for an eclectic approach. They used stone for some of the exterior walls and structures, notably the large terrace facing west. This helped the building harmonize with the surrounding landscape. They also gave it full-height glass windows and sliding doors which bring the outdoors in and imprint a modern look on the house.

The swimming pool is on a lower floor level, being connected to the terrace by a set of stairsView in gallery
The swimming pool is on a lower floor level, being connected to the terrace by a set of stairs
The house is situated on a small sloping hill, surrounded by large rocks and mango treesView in gallery
The house is situated on a small sloping hill, surrounded by large rocks and mango trees

A large porch to the south-east and a swimming pool further expand the living areas towards the outdoors, blurring a bit the boundaries between the spaces. The contrast between the stone walls and the other straight and white surfaces is a very noticeable one but doesn’t make the house look out of place. On the contrary, the transition is smooth and natural. Moreover, an open courtyard area is framed by stone and glass walls and features a tree and vegetation growing inside. A rainwater collection system with a large underground tank takes care of the daily living needs of the inhabitants and also ensures water for irrigation during the dry months.

The area surrounding the house is covered by greenery with various rock structures scattered acrossView in gallery
The area surrounding the house is covered by greenery with various rock structures scattered across
The indoor living areas transition out onto a terrace that's facing the swimming pool areaView in gallery
The indoor living areas transition out onto a terrace that’s facing the swimming pool area
This minimalistic workspace has a perfect view of the tree and the gorgeous panorama behind itView in gallery
This minimalistic workspace has a perfect view of the tree and the gorgeous panorama behind it
A long set of stairs goes down the hill, forming a pathway framed by vegetation and accent lightsView in gallery
A long set of stairs goes down the hill, forming a pathway framed by vegetation and accent lights
A large porch extends to the south-east and overlooks the amazing tropical landscapeView in gallery
A large porch extends to the south-east and overlooks the amazing tropical landscape
This side of the house is fully exposed to the exterior through all the glass walls and doorsView in gallery
This side of the house is fully exposed to the exterior through all the glass walls and doors
The thick stone walls and flat roof allow the house to more easily blend into the landscapeView in gallery
The thick stone walls and flat roof allow the house to more easily blend into the landscape
The flat roof and floor extend to form an encompassing deck around the living areasView in gallery
The flat roof and floor extend to form an encompassing deck around the living areas
The support pillars are thin and have a smooth white finish, managing to obstruct the views as little as possibleView in gallery
The support pillars are thin and have a smooth white finish, managing to obstruct the views as little as possible