Quang Dam

The Wasp House in Vietnam by Tropical Space

Designed by Vietnam based Tropical Space, the Wasp House is 73.5 sqm residence in Vietnam erected on a site area of 24.5 sqm. The tropical home features a simple design that optimises daylighting and cross ventilation with a material palette of brick, exposed concrete and steel.

The home seeks to present a relatively more affordable model to the traditional row house. The total cost of the build was $ 26, 660 (about N9.5 million) with over 70% of that going towards the core construction while the balance catered to the finishing and bespoke furniture within the home.


Wasp House is a small house with the area of 3.5m x 7m, in the community of Chinese-Vietnamese in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City. This house is built for 2 siblings with 2 floors, each floor is a bedroom. The house is emphasised by the unique stair which is not only used as a stair itself, but also it is a corner for planting some flowers, reading books or just simply sitting down and relaxing.

The house is full of sunlight with the glass on the roof and the the brick wall arranged with holes. Sunlight with the rustic brick create a close living space with variety of emotion.  The gate and fence are designed simply with metal grille in order to plant the vines. These vines will cover the facade of house later on and help to filter the dust out.

To save the cost, the architects simplify the details, materials and the furniture, as well as optimize the functional spaces and reduce the height of each floor. The design team wants to bring a bright and lively living space to this neighborhood, with the notion that a beautiful house is not only for the high income people.


  • Architects: Tropical Space
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Design Team: Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Nguyen Anh Duc, Trinh Thanh Tu, Nguyen Thi Thuy
  • Area: 73.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Quang Dam
  • Civil & Structural Engineer: Bach Ngoc Hoang
  • Construction: Nhan Ban JSC
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