In the right hands, corrugated metal can be transformed from a mere utilitarian material into a stylish architectural element. This shared home in Châu Đốc, Vietnam, artfully uses corrugated metal panels for everything from the facade and roof to window shutters and pivoting interior partitions. The result is an open and airy residence filled with greenery, and built entirely out of humble materials.
The home was designed by Ho Chi Minh City-based NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS at a site that was only recently liberated from months-long floods by the installation of concrete embankments. The architects started by observing the local community and the architecture they’ve developed to thrive in the water-saturated area, including floating homes, homes on stilts, and small private bridges.
The 3,660-square-foot home uses corrugated metal masterfully as both a practical material and architectural element. Large metal surfaces are broken up into wood-framed panels or visually balanced with window voids—avoiding the cold, mechanical feel of too much metal. The corrugated roof and wall panels can be opened to control the light and provide natural ventilation. The home’s warm timber framing, floors, and furniture contribute to a more livable vibe.
The house was built to be shared by multiple people, with a large sunken communal space on the ground floor and private spaces “floating” above, accessed by small bridges, ramps, and stairs.