Brick houses are known for their monolithic sturdiness, but this open-plan brick home in Mỹ Hạnh Nam, Vietnam, is airy and light. Designed by Tropical Space, the same studio behind this high-design chicken coop and another hive-like brick stunner, the Long An House is built from two angled walls that come together to create an unusual trapezoidal shape.
On the exterior the intricate brick pattern creates a patchwork effect that allows air to breeze through. Inside, the small gaps cast warm patterns of light onto the concrete floors.
The house is structured around an open-air courtyard with a square reflection pool in the center. Views from the courtyard lead into a sparsely furnished bedroom on one side and living room on the other, creating a continuous floor plan that makes the house feel like a series of interconnected sunrooms.
It’s that emphasis on openness that gives the home a warmth despite its dedication to pristine shapes and hard materials like concrete and brick.