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Low Cost Housing in Vietnam from Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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By reducing the functions of the house and using few and cheap materials, Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects has developed a prototype house that can be built for just $3,200 (in US dollars).

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The prototype would use cheaply available local materials and an easyto-assemble structure, with corrugated polycarbonate wrapped around a bamboo-lined interior.

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Above the house, a polycarbonate roof is raised to keep rain out while still circulating fresh air.

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Together with the easy-to-erect steel frame, bamboo poles are simply laid across the top to form a roof.

No machines are needed for their construction.

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The bamboo roof poles double as clothes line and closet.

In designing better housing for the poor in Vietnam, the architects make use of multiple uses for the single space.

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One example is these sleeping platforms.

They fold out from the wall, but can be flipped back up, with the bedding looped over them, during the day.

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Or, the fold-down sleeping platforms can also be set up as seating benches.

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The simple bamboo-pole roof means that daylight is diffused and mostly overhead – the best lighting for most tasks.

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The floors are easy wash concrete. The translucent envelope and bamboo louvers filter harsh direct sunshine in the tropical climate.

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The concrete tables have electric outlets for lights and laptops.

Separate outdoor kichen and bathroom are in communally shared facilities.

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As well as the open roof, operable windows allow cross breezes, or keep warmth in as needed.

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There is a spartan elegance to this prototype pair of buildings, an office and a living space, with their concrete floors and tables, and traditional bamboo walls.

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Many families in the Mekong Delta region still live in houses that have less than ten square metres in floor area.

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