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This Plant-Heavy Ho Chi Minh City Home for a Sunny Stretch of Kits, Please

With our city now so laughably unaffordable, thousands of Vancouverites are stuck imagining wonderful homes instead of living in them. Spaced is a record of our minds wandering the world of architecture and design, up and away from the unrewarding realities of shoebox condos, dark basement suites, sweet f~ck all on Craigslist and three levels of government that couldn’t give a damn.

(via) It’s pouring rain as I write these words, which is to say I’d sooner be in this sunny, three-level, so-called “Stepping Park House” designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects than my soggy own. The feeling will pass, but still…

Located in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, the structure has literally taken the outside in. The corridors, walls, room divisions and rooms themselves are seemingly overrun with countless palms, fiddle leaf fig plants and vines. But it’s all to plan — the flow of the greenery is purposefully integrated for the purposes of colour, shade and ventilation.

If we could lift it up and set it down anywhere in Vancouver, I think the stretch of Cornwall Avenue opposite Kits Beach would suit it best.

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