Villa Allegra

Project: Villa Allegra
Architect: Oppenheim Architecture & Design
Project Location: Miami, Florida
Project Date: 2002

This house has unexpected yet flawless elements to maximize the indoor and outdoor relationships, maximizing the outdoor moments thanks to the tropical climate of Miami. There is a dramatic double height drapery that closes off softly to the outdoor rather than a hard wall with a door. The living quarters with bathrooms each reside on the ground floor with living areas centralized in the house in double height. One of the beautiful surprising feature is that the round column isn't a round column but an outdoor shower open to above.

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Casa Tropical

Project: Casa Tropical
Architect: Camarim Architects
Project Location: Ceara, Brazil
Project Date: 2013

Located in a fishing village with both wet and dry season, this holiday house invites the outside as much as possible. This also helps with natural sustainability options such as where the suspended roof and the wooden facade both protect the house from the sun while being permeable, the cool southern wind cross ventilates so that there isn't a need for air conditioning.

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Box House

Project: Box House
Architect: WHBC Architects
Project Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia
Project Date: 2015

This house uses natural elements in the best way possible. For example, trees in front of the house provide shading and privacy from the passerby while the bedrooms located at the tree tops provide a lovely view from the inside.

Being situated in the jungle, this house also cleverly uses grid like concrete shell to provide coolness inside by also integrating plants and other native vegetation. The facade is also made of concrete but are perforated to block the harsh tropical sun.


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Namly House

Project: Namly House
Architect: Chang Architects
Project Location: Singapore
Project Date: 2012

This house was designed for multi-generations. Combining characteristics of its tropical surroundings in Singapore, this house is intended to have no front or back, indoor and outdoor simultaneously. The house reveals itself in a slow fashion where one goes through a vestibule to come to a cascading water feature before entering the main living quarters. There are sustainable elements too such as rainwater collection, natural insulation by the thermal mass collected in reinforced concrete walls so that the house remains cool from the tropical weather.

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Brillhart House

Project: Brillhart House
Architect: Brillhart Architecture
Project Location: Miami, Florida
Project Date: 2014

This modest house answers to going back to basics in form and vernacular style, with taking principles of Tropical Modernism. For example, in order to minimize material waste, the architect chose steel and glass rather than the expected concrete structure. To respond to the climate, this house is enveloped in all sides with high insulation glass to keep the inside cool.

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LT House

Project: LT House
Architect: Tropical Space
Project Location: Vietnam
Project Date: 2014

Baked bricks galore is what this house seems to be. This material is a traditional material used in Vietnam. Staying true to some of the principals of Tropical Architecture, all lumber also comes from local sources. To keep living creatures out, the bricks have glass in between to act as a buffer.

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