ODDO Architects: Wallpaper* 2022 Architects Directory

ODDO Architects, Vietnam + Czech Republic: Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory 2022

Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory is our annual roundup of exciting emerging architecture studios. ODDO from Vietnam and the Czech Republic is the newest addition to our 2022 list, with this urban Vietnamese house

Partners Marek Obtulovič, Nguyễn đức Rung and Mai Lan Chi launched ODDO Architects in 2016; Fast forward six years, and their studio has entered the Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory 2022, our annual list of exciting emerging practices from around the world. Here we explore one of his projects, a naturally ventilated urban Vietnamese house.

Who: Oddo Architects

Based between Vietnam and the Czech Republic, ODDO Architects is led by partners Marek Obtulovič, Nguyễn đức Rung and Mai Lan Chi. ODDO’s extensive portfolio includes designs for restaurants, landscaping, resorts, studios and homes. Highlights include playful cylindrical wooden light structures and a catwalk-inspired birdhouse, demonstrating a fun and exploratory tone in the studio’s approach.

In addition to its adventurous designs, ODDO is keen to make the most of sustainably sourced materials, having used recycled wood and fast-growing locally sourced wood in its projects. The studio’s residential works in Vietnam, including TH House (pictured), feature “hit and miss” masonry, a style of masonry that allows spaces between blocks, encouraging breezes to pass through. Subtle glass doors ensure foliage is visually present throughout the buildings, creating playful zones between indoors and outdoors. Likewise, mindful of their context and surrounding conditions, the houses built by Oddo in the Czech Republic tend to follow the country’s vernacular, while making extensive use of the open natural spaces that surround the houses.

What: TH House

Designed as a family home with community living in mind, TH House in Hanoi has almost no interior walls. Its five floors are connected by a disjoint staircase that crosses the rooms at the front and rear of the building. Each room has sliding doors for added privacy, but they are all designed to stay open as much as possible to maintain air circulation and light throughout the house. Voids on the sides of each level allow light to enter from above, while trees planted on the lower level can grow upwards and have a presence on more than one level.

In the hot, compact living landscape that is Hanoi, the studio needed to maximize the space allocated to them for this project, as well as ensure passive cooling systems were in place for a lifelike experience. comfortable. Fold-away tables and bespoke desks set into nooks maximize interior space. The shadows cast by the foliage, the lattice structures in the walls, and the wire mesh floor gently soften the presence of sunlight in the house. The plants also serve to balance the textures of the white, stone and grainy wood surfaces, all coming together to create a moment of calm in this built and bustling city.

Why: Wallpaper* 2022 Architects Directory

Conceived in 2000 as an international index of emerging architectural talent, the Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory is our annual list of promising practices from around the world. While always championing the best and most promising young studios, over the years the project has presented inspiring work with a focus on the residential realm. Now counting more than 500 graduates, the Directory of Architects is back for its 22nd edition. Join us as we launch this year’s survey – 20 young studios from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, Paraguay, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam with lots of promise, ideas and exciting architecture.


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