The 3Become1 House – so named by its architects Space + Architecture for its merging of a group of three separate tube homes in the small Vietnamese city of Soc Tang – is a delightful convergence of architectural elements that represents echoes of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Khmer styles through the ages. Although it was once a collection of three houses, those residences were hamstrung by small rooms and impractical living spaces that required renovation in the instance of transforming the homes into more than the sum of their parts. Walls were removed, the floor was lowered, and perhaps most importantly, a redundant staircase was removed and swapped for a grand skylight that floods the space with natural light.
It is in the façade where the blend of old and new can be witnessed at its clearest, with the gabled roof overhanging a contemporary pattern of zigzagging tiles, alerting both to the modernity of the home and memories of its former life.
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Photography © Minq Bui for Space + Architecture