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Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

By Trang Vy   December 19, 2022 | 10:47 pm PT
Situated in the heart of HCMC, a 340-square-meter penthouse’s tranquil tropical decor resembles an island paradise.
Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

A multi-generational family lives in this penthouse overlooking the Saigon River in HCMC's Thu Duc City. The apartment's west-facing exterior, however, is extremely susceptible to solar glare.

The architect's solution was to build two horizontal layers of space into the apartment, filling one with foliage to create an urban rainforest that blocks the light. The indoor plants also help moderate the interior temperature and humidity.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

The apartment has a tropical theme, with plenty of natural light and open spaces for both residents and visitors to enjoy. The colors and patterns used in this decorating style are reminiscent of the tranquility of an island surrounded by lush vegetation and fresh air.
The shade-loving plants like areca, palm, and large-leaf betel can thrive in a low-light environment.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

Tropical decor frequently features palm leaves or palm tree accents. Place a lot of tall palm plants inside to make it look like a tropical forest.
When it comes to indoor plant maintenance, homeowners rely on professionals to swap out their plants every six months.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

With floor-to-ceiling glass door frames, this room is bathed in natural light and gives the impression of being engulfed by the lush foliage outside. While living in a high-rise building, residents might still feel like they're "touching the ground" thanks to the abundance of natural features.

The architect installed wooden blinds in the kitchens and living rooms to shield them from the heat and glare of the afternoon sun coming in from the west. This style of curtain lets in the desired amount of light and doesn't obstruct the view.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

The rooms are well-ventilated and flooded with natural light thanks to the wide glass sliding doors.

The home is also illuminated by an electrical lighting system constructed from eco-friendly materials like rattan, bamboo, and so on. The lights, both in hue and wattage, contribute to the cozy, tropical ambiance.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

The architect's goals for this design were to create a tranquil environment while strengthening the connection between people and nature in the midst of bustling city life.

Eco-friendly materials like concrete and grinding wheels have been employed in construction, while handmade materials like rattan and bamboo have been used in furniture design.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

There is no need to worry about termites or water damage in this penthouse since rattan is utilized extensively. This material is also durable, easy to work with, and safe for the planet.

The architect not only used rain paint (a mixture of gray and brown) but also made uneven scratches on the wall surfaces to simulate the sensation of rain in the rainforest.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

Double-layer insulated fabric blinds are used to control the amount of light that enters the master bedroom. The re-purposed oak panels that separate the bed from the open bathroom are the focal point of this room.

The architect insists that this new arrangement is a significant improvement. There is no need for the owners to be concerned about their privacy, as only they will be using the home.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

There are plants and flowers on the balcony that can be seen from the bathtub as well. The shower platform is elevated from the ground and has a drain so that water doesn't scatter when using it.

Homeowners may take a relaxing bath while still enjoying the view, as the water pressure is just right. This area has the feel of a luxurious spa.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

All of the wood used in the penthouse is completely imported oak, which is known for its durability. In addition, this wood can be used without fear of negative impacts on the environment or human health.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

Beds for kids are shaped like caves, so that kids can play in them like they would in nature.

Jungle-inspired penthouse brings the tropics indoors

The house was built over a period of nine months. The owners did not disclose construction costs.

Photos by Do Sy

 
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