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10 Modern Tropical Homes for Inspiration

10 Modern Tropical Homes for Inspiration

Living ASEAN presents 10 modern tropical homes for an inspiration as we celebrate another year ending and a new one beginning. They focus on a beautiful blend of indoor and outdoor spaces that translates into stylish patios, cool verandas and courtyard tropical gardens. Plus, plenty of ideas to make your yard lush!



















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A Charming Brick House in Vietnam

A Charming Brick House in Vietnam

An attractive brick house in Vietnam’s Long An Province is the pride and joy of Tropical Space, a homegrown design studio specializing in mixing traditional Vietnamese brickwork with modern architectural styles.

/// Vietnam ///
Story: Nawapat, Nipapat Dusdul /// Photography: Oki Hiroyuki /// Design: Tropical Space

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Inspired by the beauty and durability of brick, Tropical Space recently built the innovatively designed home on 750 square meters of land. The sloped roof house plan combines three separate living spaces into one modern home with strong architectural language.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The result is a beautiful blend of the traditional and the modern. There’s something that never changes. Brick is used here because it’s inherently a Vietnamese material used in building construction, and it’s indigenous to the area.

At the same time, with a deep understanding of Vietnamese culture and climate, the architects at Tropical Space are committed to the use of environment-friendly building practices and sustainable material selection.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The brick house in Long An is designed for a warm and humid climate. To maximize ventilation efficiency, the architects divide the sloped roof into two parts and put a courtyard in between them. There are corridors connecting the two parts of the house. Meantime, perforated brick walls allow breezes to pass through and around the building.

Traditional Vietnamese design provides continuous functional spaces that stretch from the front to the back of the house. Boundaries between spaces are marked by the different quantity of light that varies from place to place. It’s a brilliant layout that keeps the interior living spaces cool all year round without air conditioning.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The front yard floor is covered in brick pavers with holes capable of draining storm water fast and keeping ambient temperatures cool in summer. Next to the yard is a buffer space designed to create a beautifully transitional room from the yard to the living room, dining room and bedroom.

The kitchen is on the north side of the house plan along with other functions. It’s ideal for traditional Vietnamese cooking and offers very relaxing family rooms.

There are two bedrooms on the mezzanine with plenty of space for a quiet reading room and relaxation. The architects also put in stairs on both sides to easily connect with other areas inside and outside of the house. This not only gives the children a play area, but also enables them to move around unhindered by solid walls.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House



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10 Inspiring Modern Tropical Houses

10 Inspiring Modern Tropical Houses

Living ASEAN has selected our favorite houses in the ASEAN for 2017. Of course, all of them present practical solutions for living in the hot and humid climate of Southeast Asia, including a bamboo house in Thailand, a concrete block house in Thailand and a modern tropical house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Check them out!


A bamboo house with contemporary appeal sits immersed in its natural surroundings. The home that’s also a medical clinic belongs to Nopharat Pitchanthuk MD, and his wife Kanyapak Silawatanawongse. Without question, his interest in the natural therapeutic concept is expressed in the warm, inviting atmosphere of the home office. The orthopedic doctor provides specialized care for the musculoskeletal system in the comfort of a peaceful country setting.

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Concrete Block House

Intanon Chantip, INchan atelier architect and owner of this HUAMARK 09 building, designed it to test theories he’d arrived at through intense study and experience. He wanted the architecture to tell its own story through the charm of materials that change over time. Intanon and his wife Tharisra Chantip bought this a 30-year-old, 80 square wa (.8 acres) property in the Hua Mark district, demolishing the old house to erect a new four-storey mixed-use building with usable space of 490 square meters and combine office, residence, and art studio.

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The architecture of this modern tropical house in Ho Chi Minh City is perfectly suited to the hot, humid climate, with an imaginative counterpoint of plants, greenery, and airy openings keeping it shady and pleasant inside and out.

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Waterside Home

This waterside tropical house brings back memories of Thai life as it was along Khlong Samsen in bygone times. From outside it looks straightforward and contemporary, but inside is a fascinating mix of antiques from the owners’ collections.

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Wooden Thai House in the Lanna Tradition

This Lanna Thai house of wood is built based on ancient local traditions. It has a simple, relaxed, and open look. Natural breezes blow all day long through its exquisite form, full of the charm of conservation-friendly Lanna craftsmanship.

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This box-shaped house uses architecture, architectural elements, and coordinated interior design to tell stories of the present and the past. The house is located in the Petalang Jaya district of Selangor, Malaysia. This is a district of single homes, but with little space to put up a large house. Still, architect Dr. Tan Loke Mun rose to the challenge of house owner Kenneth Koh and tore down the former structure here to build a new 3-storey home in its place.

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Living with Cats in a Beautiful House

Ever wonder why this is a dream house for kind pet owners and their feline companions?.

“I live with my wife and our seven cats in this house,” said Chan Mun Inn of Design Collective Architects (DCA). “There used to be only four, but I adopted more cats. So I ended up with seven of them. They were the reason that we left our old apartment and built a new home in the suburb.”

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Brick house For a Tropical Climate

This rectangular brick home in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is designed for “hot and humid,” open to natural light and cool from air currents constantly streaming in and out through the bricks. Mr. Tung Do and Mrs. Lien Dinh, the owners here, are newlyweds who wanted a small house with a straightforward design for pleasant living. They had seen Tropical Space’s “Termitary House,” which won, among others, a 2016 Brick Award, and admired its form and design so much that – even with their limited budget – they engaged the Company to design and build their own home.

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Box-Shaped House with a Tropical Style Garden

Box-shaped design highlights a perfect blend of form and function, plus an exotic Tropical style garden. The result: A lovable livable home with a panoramic view from the bedroom.

“This house was not built to be photogenic,” said Patchara Wongboonsin, architect at POAR, when asked about his outstanding design. The 350-square-meter, modern cube-shaped house took two years in the making.

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Modern House in a Forest Setting

The architect uses clever techniques to make this modern house look like it’s crafted entirely of wood. When her family wanted to build a new house in Thailand’s Northeast, Kanika Ratanapridakul was assigned the task of project architect. It was the first time she had to work directly with local builders and suppliers. Things didn’t go as smooth as planned, but the mission was accomplished – eventually. The key to success lay in being a bit more flexible to ensure things got done right and on schedule.

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7 Enchanting Brick Houses

7 Enchanting Brick Houses

Brick has existed as a building product for thousands of years. Genuine clay brick is durable, affordable, and easy to maintain. Why choose brick? Find the answer in these enchanting brick houses.

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Brick house For a Tropical Climate

Brick house For a Tropical Climate

This rectangular brick home in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is designed for “hot and humid,” open to natural light and cool from air currents constantly streaming in and out through the bricks.

/// Vietnam ///
Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photography: Tanakitt Khum-on /// Design: Tropical Space by Ms.Tran Thi Ngu Ngon and Mr.Nguyen Hai Long

Brick doesn’t retain heat, but insulates against it, and its porosity helps retain early morning moisture which evaporates to cool at midday.
Work corner next to the food preparation section is screened off for privacy.

Mr. Tung Do and Mrs. Lien Dinh, the owners here, are newlyweds who wanted a small house with a straightforward design for pleasant living. They had seen Tropical Space’s “Termitary House,” which won, among others, a 2016 Brick Award, and admired its form and design so much that – even with their limited budget – they engaged the Company to design and build their own home.

Ms. Tran Thi Ngu Ngon and Mr. Nguyen Hai Long of Tropical Space said, “we want to build living spaces that connect people with nature, natural spaces that are easy to understand. The beauty of nature can reach deep into a person’s spirit to improve life in ways they would not have imagined before.”

Mr. Nguyen tells us he grew up in a house of brick and never forgot his childhood vision of sunbeams flowing through open spaces between bricks to throw patterns of light and shadow on the light dust in the air, and how beautiful it was. Little phenomena such as this connect people with their surroundings, and support the choice of brick as a building material.

The brick wall both gives privacy and provides channels for air and light to pass through.

Stair frame of rebar saves space and adds structural definition.

Most of Tropical Space’s design work makes use of brick, partly because the form has a certain beauty, but deeper than that, brick is an inherently Vietnamese material, indigenous to the area. The designer pays attention to its true characteristics and searches out new ways of using and arranging it, creating channels for wind and light and taking advantage of its moisture-retaining quality.

Seen from outside, the home is a rectangular block that itself resembles one humongous brick. It faces north because of sun, wind, and rain directions, and without being too hot it gets good light all day long. The ground floor living room features a wall of bricks alternating with open spaces, lighting and cooling at the same time during the day. Outside, a little distance from the house to the east and west are walls that keep sunlight from directly hitting it, instead reflecting light through the perforated brick wall and into every inside area. These outside walls also create channels that guide the wind in and out. Trees are planted there, too, which cool the house with their shade.

The house may look a bit severe, but in this tropical climate its architecture aligns beautifully with nature to provide an amazingly comfortable residence built on a moderate budget.

Openings above and on the sides for natural light to enter during the day.




Beautifully Designed Brick House

Beautifully Designed Brick House

This beautiful brick house belongs to a family of 4 in Malaysia. The design work and use of materials such as bamboo and old brick taken from a pre-WWII colonial house make it special.

/// Malaysia ///
Story: Skiixy /// Photography: Rithirong Chanthongsuk /// Owner: Mrs. Liew Jun Keong /// Design: Studio Bikin by Ms. Farah Azizan

Kitchen counter, with a large pressed bamboo cylinder set in mortar and smoothed with a trowel.

Childhood memories are fragments of the past that many of us can bring back to life. In her childhood Mrs. Liew Jun Keong was entranced by house design, and in conversation with Studio Bikin architect Farah Azizan her memories bubbled out, creating a happy chemistry of inspiration between house owner and architect, with the end result this gorgeous white brick house in Malaysia.

Mrs. Liew said, “At first I just had the thought I liked houses with a resort atmosphere and the sort of peace and quiet we used to find on holiday to Bali, Bangkok, or Singapore, experiencing nature in a more original state. Then I thought of the house we lived in then, in an area with a lot of unfinished concrete surfaces, and so told the designer I’d like a modern-style concrete house, but with plants and trees all around. By “modern” I didn’t mean “perfect,” but featuring the natural surfaces of construction materials that have their own types of beauty.”

Reception parlor with dark wood furniture and vintage dark cloth coverings
Left, in the back of the house is a place to take a nap. Right, the kitchen connects back to that nap space. Wood latticework helps with ventilation.
Chinese devotional altar room
Master bathroom, connecting to bedroom

After a good talk, architect and owner found their ideas really resonated with each other. Ms. Azizan also came up with some surprises for Mrs. Liew in materials she came up with specifically for this house.

“I was really impressed with Farah’s detailed choice of materials. I tend to think of the normal uses for bamboo, for instance as for pipes, but she used it as a decorative façade for the house. Next it was this batch of white brick, which has an extraordinary history, coming from demolition of a colonial residence built before World War II. The brick had no coloring when she bought it. We were lucky to get this brick, as it was the first batch. Others looking at this may first notice it has blemishes or that the sizes are irregular, but it’s iconic material for that period, with a great value, and absolutely perfect for our family.”

The entire house is painted white except for sections of bare cement. There is not a lot of interior décor, and furniture is limited to what is necessary: Mrs. Liew values simplicity and doesn’t care for fancy interior decoration, and remarked she hadn’t yet found decorative work with the kind of natural beauty she cared for.

“I’d never dreamed of living in a place where sunlight reached into the center of the house, which is something I now really appreciate. And the bricks used in the construction have blemishes, but each imperfection somehow adds to the perfection of the whole,” she adds enthusiastically.


A Brick House Cherished by Two Generations

A Brick House Cherished by Two Generations

The pride of two generations, this old house has transformed into a modern dwelling that takes the beauty of brick houses to a whole new level. Check this out.

/// Thailand ///
Story: Ajchara Jeenkram /// Photography: Soopakorn Srisakul, Sungwan Phratep /// Design: Kasin Sornsri @ Volumne Matrix





The old house has served as big family rendezvous in Pattaya, a seaside town just two hours’ drive from Bangkok. Those times are gone now. The extended family home is now in the hands of the second generation with a smaller household. That’s reason enough to renovate it to suit single-family lifestyle needs.

“At first when I examined the building, I was trying to identify parts that need repairs and whatnot,” said architect Kasin Sornsri. “I talked with both generations of the family, and I could feel the love they had for this house. So, I decided to go for renovation instead of putting in an entirely new building.”




In the process, the old roof that fell in disrepair was replaced by a new, single sloping roof. The new roof shape was chosen for its ability to provide tall ceilings, which directly benefited the interior living space on the upper floor. Like the architect intended, the new feature added attractive curb appeal to the house and its surroundings when viewed from the street.

For the lower floor, open-concept dining space is capable of entertaining up to 20 visitors on occasions. The architect has kept the iconic archway design and brick walls on the front façade pretty much intact. Adjacent areas are adjusted to suit the way of living of the second generation, while the first generation enjoys plenty of room for privacy along with dining space and kitchen.

The interior presents an ambience resembling that of an antique shop. Pieces of old furniture and stained glass decorations serve as reminders of the olden days. Handcrafted tiles paired with iron grill designs echo the beauty of floral glass patterns. Together they breathe new life into the old brick house that has been home to two generations. Built to last, and further improved through renovation, it now stands ready for the future.








Home Renovation / 27 SQ.M. Row House Project in Vietnam

Home Renovation / 27 SQ.M. Row House Project in Vietnam

A lot of work and research were invested to this home renovation project. The big question is; how to make the compact house looks wider.

/// Vietnam /// 

Architect: A21 Studio /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

Home renovation: The project is accomplished without any concrete construction. The new second floor rests on cylindrical steel posts instead of big cement pillars.

Like most residential buildings in Vietnam, “3 x 9 House” was renovated from an old shophouse. It has only few windows and solid brick walls was making the building look dimmed. A bold move was needed to change both the building and lifted up the mood for the residents.

The 3×9 meters house has become a point of interest  by integrating natural features.

As land prices in Vietnam continue to rise up every year, finding a new home may seem like a formidable task. So the owner thinks it wise to invest in renovating his existing home. He reaches out to A21 Studio, for their reputations include turning small homes into nice, uncluttered, and environment-friendly living spaces.


Clay tiles are placed inversely on the entire interior walls to create stripe pattern and unique touch.

A tree grows up through an opening greets visitor from the entryway. The skylight roof illuminates the interior spaces and enables light to reach to the tree.

The steel structures roof is equipped with a sliding skylight. This effectively illuminates interior spaces and allows the tree to keep on thriving.

Breezy wind is able to flow through the front door and flow throughout the house, including the rear section, the second floor and the translucent sliding panel on the rooftop. Flanked by three-story houses on both sides, the house is exposed to sunlight only during mid-day. So, no air-conditioning machine is needed.

A skylight illuminates the bedroom space. Giving it a neat, organic appearance.
The bedroom has a low-rise platform and a mattress. The absence of room dividers gives the area an open, airy, and uncluttered appearance.
An open kitchen is designed to eliminate smoke and unpleasant smell via the window on the top.

The interior avoids the use of a divider, the only exception is a bathroom. The ground floor comprises of a sitting area, a dining area and a kitchen; all connected. A bedroom and a leisure area are rested upstairs. Since the owner lives alone, room dividers are of no use. Thus, the main idea of this home renovation is to focus on openings and improving its ventilation system instead.


A colorful mix of tiles are reminiscent of vernacular architecture.


Designers’ Eco-friendly Dream Home

Designers’ Eco-friendly Dream Home

A designer couple built their dream home in Vietnam countryside.

/// Vietnam /// 

Architect and Interior Design: My an Pham Thi and Michael Charruault /// Story : Ajchara Jeenkram /// Photos : Nantiya Busabong, Damrong Leewairoj

Their dream home features a mix of real wood, concrete finishes, exposed brick finishes, and exquisite palm leaf roofing. Vertical pattern makes the fence look higher than its true height. 

My An Pham Thi, a vietnamese interior designer together with Michael Charrualt, her French husband, who is also a 3D graphic designer built their dream home office utilizing natural materials and distinctive techniques.

A large table with Windsor chairs and a park bench adorn the spacious, semi-outdoors dining room. Exposed ceilings feature smooth concrete finishes for ease of maintenance and precautions against humidity problems.



The design emphasizes greatly on sustainability to minimize the impact on the environment. The couple mixed local materials and clever designing strategy to create an elegant yet eclectic appearance to the house.

To bring in the outdoors, surrounding conditions are incorporated into the design scheme.

The fence was constructed of raw concrete and bamboo detailing. The wooden gate gives an Asian chic atmosphere while protecting the house from the outside. The exterior walls features rough plaster finish, which adds an interesting look to it. Hollow bricks filled in between intervals, forming a good natural ventilation system. The bricks along with palm leaf roofing adds an indigenous flair to this warm and cozy house.

Bricks are installed as air-vents. This improves a ventilation system and also allows more natural light to enter.
The home office area is spacious with frame-like bookshelves for improved visibility and air circulation.

The inspiration behind this design was their lifestyles, the couple love to live lives both indoor and outdoor. The house was then designed to serve the purpose. On the ground floor, sits a connecting living space with chinoiserie furniture and a spacious dining room with a garden view. The second floor works as a home office with a snug bedroom. The master bedroom lies on the third floor where decoration was set to a minimal tone.
The couple weren’t in a hurry. So, the house was gradually built through slow-pacing experiments with different natural materials. When facing with an obstacle or a problem, the took turn to resolve it one by one. As a result, the eco-friendly dream home was finally built with love and care.


Tall windows under the sloping roofline fill the third-floor master bedroom with natural light.
A small patch of greenery adds life and freshness to the bathroom wall.
Graphic pattern tiles and carpet are toned down by the neutral color of the wooden sofa.


Nature Meets Concrete House

Nature Meets Concrete House

When nature becomes a part of our home, our souls are nurtured. This concrete house in Malaysia took its first step of creating a sanctuary of mind.

/// Malaysia ///

Architect: Seksan Design /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

Steel structures are used in remaking this new house. Steel technologies provide a fast and convenient alternative.

“Sekeping Tenggiri” searching on the Internet, you can see the amazing place. It is where Malaysians love to shoot their pre-wedding photographs. A part of it is remade into a guesthouse for those to stay. The house belongs to Ng Sek San, founder of the landscaping and architecture firm Seksan Design.

Plants and natural light combine to soften the harsh surfaces of building materials, making it a warm and well-lighted place.

Located in Jalan Tenggiri district of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, the part of the small plot of land. Nonetheless, the owner effectively incorporates plenty of natural features in this architecture. The owner tells us that remake from what used to be two adjacent houses. He obviously made a clean sweep. Ng is also an art collector. That explains why one side of it is devoted to enviable art collections, which are public open. No admission charge.

The same building materials are used on both the exteriors and interiors to create visual continuity intended by the architects.

The two-story home has a full array of functional areas, from the sitting room, dining room and kitchen to a swimming pool and seven bedrooms. The owner is a landscape architect. Working on this house, he starts small from a humble garden and gradually makes inroads into bigger projects on the interiors. To him a garden is a room and his exterior design spaces more look like an extension of the interiors too.

The ground floor features a dining room that connects immaculately with the swimming pool and the garden at the far end. Thanks to the canopy of tall trees, cool breezes can be felt all day.
Floorboards and concrete roofs. In general, are built 10 centimeters thick, but it is only 7 centimeters here. There are gaps, about 5-10 centimeters, between the ceiling and the top edge of the wall for good ventilation.

A good example of Modern Tropical style, the house is designed to reduce heat and prevent problems due to moisture. As long overhangs and awnings, which protect against scorching sunlight. Exposed roof sections and plain floors make a simple seeing. The materials used are quite commonplace, such as concrete masonry, bricks, wood, and steel. The main structure is steel-reinforced concrete. Other details allow the nature to participate. To a comfy living space. Upstairs bedrooms are mode cool by air circulation resulting from raising the floorboard 40 centimeters from concrete floors. Opaque walls are out, while glass Louvre windows are in, resulting in light and airy interiors. Parts of the roof are made of transparent materials to allow for more sunlight, especially over the swimming pool.

The master bedroom on the second floor is simple and raw. Exposed brick walls, crude concrete floors, and windows that open wide from one corner to the other combine to enhance visual continuity with the natural surroundings.
Who says underneath the window has got to be an opaque wall? Not true. Here, Louvre windows are used to promote air circulation.
A renovated bathroom features a raised floorboard to accommodate new plumbing. The dry section is open to wide variety of materials, but for the wet section easy-care products, such as tiles, are a smart choice.

This concrete house has plenty of passageways that promote air circulation. For example the air passages between wooden floorboards, along the corridors and exterior walls. They also make the house appear uncluttered and incredibly relaxed.

Skylights installed above the bathroom help indoor plants flourish. /// The house and surrounding vegetation combine into one. Natural building materials no doubt make for comfy living conditions.