As builders go, termites do not have many tools at their disposal — just their bodies, soil, and saliva. For guidance they have nothing to go on save variations in wind speed and direction and fluctuations in temperature as the sun rises and sets. Similarly, the Termitary House was built in a tropical country in which the weather is extremely different between sunny season and rainy one. It is also influenced by a lot of tropical storms every year.
适应于雨季的住宅结构 Structure of the house and solution for stormy season
The structure of the house include many layers which are brick walls with holes arranged randomly like a termitary together with the large inter-floor space.Those holes are considered as vents help the wind rorate inside the house and allows breeze and light get to all corners in the house, created a refresh living environment.
▽ 建筑入口及砖墙，entrance and the brick wall
▽ 玄关，entrance hall
除此之外，住宅还使用了名为双层表皮的特殊建造工艺： 外部砖墙和内部推拉窗之间留有空隙，形成了内外空间之间的缓冲层。 到了雨季，玻璃内层用来阻挡狂风暴雨。缓冲层创造了内外气压差，内部污浊的空气，经由孔洞排向外部。在屋顶，建筑师利用反梁系统，把顶层楼板倒置，形成了用作种植植物的小花园，降低了热辐射对建筑的影响。
The special constructing technique of “double skins” with two layers : one brick wall covering outside and one slide – glass inside creates a space within a wall, which functions as a buffer layer at both gable.
In stormy season, the second layer will help to block the strong wind and rain . Also, the buffer layer create a fluctuation in pressure, push the wind go straight toward to the gap. On the roof, architects use a system of girders and upside down floors to create a small garden for plants which is used to decrease the affect of thermal radiation.
▽ 作为缓冲区的双层表皮, “double skins” with two layers as buffer
The architect allocated the stairs, warehouse and toilet in both East and West side created a buffer space to prevent the direct sunlight and make the structure of the house steadier in typhoons.
▽ 通往二层的台阶，stairs to the second floor
The house is with a large sharing space in the center where a cooking counter, a dining table, and an entertaining corner. This “lobby” then leads to different functional areas in the house such as the rest room, the living room, and the bedrooms. The mezzanine is where another bedroom, an altar room, and a small library are found. The attic is an open relaxing area with rig vines.
▽ 大厅之下的各个功能区，the lobby
▽ 一层卧室与大空间连通，bedroom connected to the lobby
▽ 二层卧室，bedroom the second floo
In the sharing areas in the house, the space is not limited by the wall, the family members can still see and chat to each other through the walls with holes. It can help to bring family member be closer in this morden busy life.
▽ 共享空间, the sharing areas
During the day, the natural light shines through to cast patterned shadows across the interior walls. Slender skylights and relatively narrow offer light and ventilation, providing each room with a view of the sky and the lush green roof. They also serve as outlets for hot air to keep the indoor cooler. At different time during the day, the variety of the light intensity getting through the interfloor holes makes the brick wall colours change and creates variety emotion of colour on the surface of the brick. In the evening, the house looks like a giant lantern with light shining through the holes.
▽ 砖墙细节，the brick wall
▽ 晚上，人造光透过表面孔洞向外投射，建筑像一个大灯笼般闪闪发光 In the evening, the house looks like a giant lantern with light shining through the holes
▽ 二层平面，second floor
▽ 屋顶平面，roof floor
Location: 275/8 Truong Chinh Street, An Khe Ward, Thanh Khe District, Da Nang City, Vietnam.
Architecture: Tropical Space Co.,Ltd
Architect In Charge: Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon
Design team: Phan Quang Vinh, Trinh Thanh Tu
Site area: 190 sqm
Building area: 140 sqm
Level: 02 (1 ground floor, 1 mezzanine)
Material : Baked Brick, Concrete, Terrazzo, Wood
Total investment cost: 27,000 USD (construction cost: 22,000 USD; interior decoration cost: 5,000 USD)
Photographs: Oki Hiroyuki