Looking for a retreat in the mountains outside Hanoi, the American writer Nguyen Qui Duc bought a 500-square-meter (5,400-square-foot) plot of land in 2007. He designed an loft-style home and had it built by local artisans.
Duc decided that anyone coming into the house would have to cross a walkway, walk over the flat room and then push aside a glass pyramid, right in the image, to uncover a trap door into the living area below. He uses the roof as an area for dining, entertaining and enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains, which are often shrouded in mist.
The main house is primarily built of stone and glass. Here, a view of an adjacent courtyard that has a sitting area and a firepit in the center.
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