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A Glass-Stacked House in Vietnam Shrouded in Greenery

Surrounded by green gardens in Hue City, Vietnam, the Hillside House by Cote Architects resides on a descending slope perched at the highest vantage point for optimal views. Designed as two, stacked glass boxes, the house is broken up with voids in the perimeter walls to help with ventilation and to bring more natural light inside. Most of the walls are made of floor-to-ceiling, black framed windows which make for dramatic architectural details.

exterior shot of modern house covered in greenery

The back of the house opens up to a covered porch with a set of wide stairs leading down to the yard. On the second floor above, a balcony is disguised with greenery climbing vertically on wire.

exterior shot of modern house covered in greenery

angled exterior shot of modern house covered in greenery

closeup view of back exterior of modern house with stairs up to back patio and doors open to interior

exterior shot of modern home with upstairs balcony hidden behind green vines

The greenery shrouded balcony makes the second floor feel as if it’s living in the trees. The plants help shade the interior of the house to keep it from getting too hot.

open modern interior of contemporary house with double height ceiling and two facing staircases

Inside, the main living area boasts double-height ceilings, a mezzanine, and dueling, open wood staircases leading to opposites sides of the house. The design offers easy access to nature from the open living area.

open modern interior of contemporary house with double height ceiling and two facing staircases

The staircases are connected to the ceiling by metal rods giving the appearance that’s they’re floating while also creating another focal point in the space.

angled interior shot of modern house with double height ceiling looking out glass walls to green exterior

The views provide nothing but nature from most angles of the house.

modern house interior with view of white minimalist kitchen under open wood staircase

modern house interior with view of white minimalist kitchen under open wood staircase

interior of modern home with double height ceiling with woman walking up open wood staircase

interior of modern home looking down open wood staircase to another staircase going back up

second floor interior shot of modern home with glass walls looking through interior

second floor shot of modern home with glass walls and wood floors

exterior shot of modern white monolithic house with cutouts

The house is open and airy, and with all of the greenery, it feels tropical with vacation vibes.

exterior shot of modern white monolithic house with cutouts

aerial view of modern white house surrounded by greenery

evening exterior shot of modern home with interior lights on

evening exterior shot of modern home with interior lights on

Photos by Hoang Le.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.