Terraces home

H&P Architects

As a part in a chain of Agritecture development projects, Terraces home adopts the combination of Architecture and Agriculture (Agriculture + Architecture = Agritecture) as a basis for sustainable development.


The idea is to combine the two distinctive elements of Vietnam’s rural areas: The house (accommodation space) and terraced rice field (cultivation space) to create a Home with blurred boundaries in and out; above and below; common and private.


Certain accommodation space is located along the slope of the roof so that it is wide open to sight angles, light and shadow, which is enabled by concrete trays of farm produce at different levels high above.


Along the two flanks of the roof are irrigation systems to keep plots of farmland evergreen, and mitigate adverse effects of habitat and tropical monsoon weather conditions such as shortage of green trees, noise, dust and smoke, heat, storms, etc.


Agricultural cultivation helps bring city dwellers closer to the nature by giving them interesting first-hand experience in planting, taking good care and sharing harvested produce from their own farmland plots with their neighbors.


Terraces home serves as a constant reminder of the origin of paddy rice civilization in a flat world context threatened by various types of pollution currently at an alarming level. It is, at the same time, expected to promote the expansion of farmland plots in urban areas with a view to securing food supplies for future life.



Project Information

Project Name: Terraces home

Location: Ha Tinh city, Vietnam

Architect Office: H&P Architects

Lead Architect:Doan Thanh Ha & Tran Ngoc Phuong

Completion Year: 2015


Photographer:Nguyen Tien Thanh


H&P Architects (HPA) was foundedin 2009 and Doan Thanh Ha is the one having worked on social aspects of HPA and also led newly founded companies in undertaking challenging projects for poor and disadvantaged communities in Vietnam. In the spirit that Architects for the poor, HPA’s social projects have been formulated in the viewpoint of creating spaces (as called “Essential Spaces” by Ha) in order to meet the most fundamental needs (physiological needs; safety needs; belonging needs) of the poor constrained by both conditions and opportunities. “Esssentialspaces” is made of “practical materials” (Proper: cheap, locally available, recycled materials) with appropriate construction technology (traditional craftsmanship combined with modern technology, subject to specific contexts) and participated by users from the commencement to the completion of projects. The approach is thereby expected to contribute to education, give inspiration and orient people to necessary actions - responsible for society and communities and friendly with culture and environment.

Ha’s “Essential spaces” are diverse in sizes from meeting an individual’s fundamental needs to a household and more broadly a population segment. Places of construction range from vulnerable people in natural disaster-hit areas to poor ethnic minorities in mountainous areas and also disadvantaged communities in urban and rural areas. The projects fall in 3 categories: Modular house, Education – Health and Open community space.

In addition, in the context of increasingly stuffy urbanization, Ha has also developed an“Agritecture: Architecture + Agriculture” approach and accessed to “Architecture: a nature-like environment in an artificial manner” with the use of available, friendly materials in localities.


2019 Barbara Cappochin International Architecture Prize, Italy

2019 INDE. Award, Australia

2019 FuturArc Green Leadership Award, Singapore

2019 Archdaily Building of the Year Award

2019-2018 National Architectural Award, Vietnam

2018 Ashui Architect of the Year Award, Vietnam

2018 WAN House of the Year, UK

2018 2A Asia Architecture Award, Spain

2018 Red Dot Award, Singapore

2018 International Architecture Awards, US

2018 Architizer A+ Awards, US

2018 INDE. Award, Singapore

2018 FuturArc Green Leadership Award, Singapore

2018-2017 National Green Architectural Awards, Vietnam

2017 2A Asia Architecture Award, Germany

2017 The American Architecture Prize, US

2017 Baku International Architecture Award, Azerbaijan

2017 UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards

2017 ARCASIA Awards for Architecture, India

2017 Architizer A+ Awards, US

2017 German Design Award, Germany

2017-2016 National Architectural Award, Vietnam

2016 ARCASIA Awards for Architecture, Hong Kong

2016 2A Asia Architecture Award, Austria

2016 International Architecture Awards, US

2016 Green Good Design Awards, US

2016 R+D Awards, US

2016 FuturArc Green Leadership Award, Singapore

2016 Architizer A+ Awards, US

2015 ARCASIA Awards for Architecture, Thailand

2015 2A Asia Architecture Award, Turkey

2015 Barbara Cappochin Award, Best work, Italy

2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award, UK

2015 LEAF Awards, UK

2015 AZ Awards, Canada

2015 Green Good Design Awards, US

2015 WAN 21 for 21 Award, UK

2014 WAN Small Space Awards, UK

2014 WAN Commercial Award, UK

2014 WAN House of the Year, UK

2014 International Architecture Awards, US

2014 AR House Award, UK

2014-2013 National Green Architectural Awards, Vietnam

2010 FuturArc Prize, Singapore

2009 Autodesk Special Prize, US

2009 FuturArc Prize, Singapore

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