This, I would say, is really an architecture of place. A terra cotta workshop in Vietnam, placed on a vibrant riverbank, it is a spot of community, of tradition, of gathering, and of art.
The need is for a spot to place traditional terra cotta pottery to dry and cure. Created with terra-cotta like brick, this three-story tower is perforated with hundreds of gaps to let the air, light, and views through. Inside, a repetitive wood framed system provides plenty of cubby holes for storing terra cotta works.
As a bonus, the ground floor doubles as a tea house, with a central table and recessed seating area that allows for a moment of rest and conversation, gazing upward towards the clouds as they pass by. I also really like how the stairways and pathways are integral within the wood shelving system. Walking becomes an experience, with pottery above and below, the sky above, and vistas through the brick out to the river and landscape. A lovely play of light, material, and movement.
This is a sweet design, grabbing what’s local and available (and hence inexpensive) and creating a wonderful space to play in for the whole community.