It looks like Vietnam is giving Japan a run for its money in the realm of super-skinny urban dwellings. In addition to a few ingenious Vietnamese vertical garden homes, there's now the gravity-defying Saigon House in Ho Chi Minh City, designed by local practice a21studio, the same folks that brought us a thatched-dome Starbucks and a rainbow chapel crowned 2014's "World Building of the Year." Conceived as a tribute to the old architecture and alleyways of the city, which was called Saigon before the Vietnam War, the home features a town-like network of gabled volumes slotted over four stories, on a site that's just under ten feet wide.
Under a unifying perforated "roof," a system of wooden ladders leads you through the series of interior spaces. This ecosystem is interspersed with trees and shrubbery and various interstitial landing spots, including a fun netted lounging area that hovers right over the entrance hall. The diagram below offers a better idea of what's hiding behind those welcoming turquoise doors.
· Saigon House / a21studio [ArchDaily]
· Four Houses Proving That Vietnam is a Vertical Garden Hub [Curbed]