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7x18 House / AHL architects associates

  • 01:00 - 3 March, 2014
7x18 House / AHL architects associates
7x18 House / AHL architects associates, © Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

© Hung Dao © Hung Dao © Hung Dao © Hung Dao + 50

  • Technical

    Son Chu
  • Interior / 3D Rendering

    Hieu Hoang
  • Façade / Model

    Hoang Nguyen
  • Layout Study / Model

    Hai Dao
  • Structural

    Cuong Vu
  • Site Supervisor

    Duong Vu
  • Lighting Design

    AIF Studio
  • More Specs Less Specs

7x18 house is located in densely populated and chaotic area of Hanoi. Tu Lien village is famous because of fields with Peach trees and Kumquat trees – these two trees are especially popular during Lunar New Year – traditional Vietnamese new year. Location, culture and demands are required to be solved in our design.

© Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

Design team along with the owner (young and single man) made an outline for this project with following criteria:

- Saving Energy
- Creating space which is attractive, open but still private and safe
- Using local materials
- Flexibility in use

© Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

When analyzing the characteristics of the site area, "introverted living space" has very quickly been decided to develop the structure of space and layout.

© Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

Rooms, space, garden are separated according to vertical and horizontal axis. All would create an empty/solid combination in the bulk of the house of 1134m3 (7x18x9). Every place in the house would make the best of natural light and natural ventilation, which is a good idea for electricity savings in daytime. Sun light intensity in the summer can also be controlled by the steel fillets in the front and on the roof.

© Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

The house is facing south-east with the 7m wide. Moreover, distance between next houses is quite limited (a little bit more than 5m). These two factors seem to be challenged with design task.

© Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

The facade is processed by using a system of vertical steel fins combining with 3mm thick of steel leaves. The density as well as the interference of two-way wave of steel leaves depends on the privacy purpose of the room inside. The whole glass façade is retrograded inside to create buffer space to avoid direct sun light in summer but allow winter sun light to go deep into the spaces.

Shadow comparison between June and December at 2.00 pm
Shadow comparison between June and December at 2.00 pm

The master bedroom space is connected to the gym on the third floor by round shaped steel stairs, which is located outdoor with the garden. All make a bulk of 343m3 (7x7x7). The old star fruit tree is kept by the owner since their old house. After the house is finished, the star fruit tree will be brought back and grown in the garden on the second floor as a memento.

Plan
Plan

With the distinctive position in the area for traditional trees such as Peach and Kumquat, the design group has saved the central area of the house for these trees. Together with the fish tank, they make up an interesting and relaxing space.

© Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

Naked concrete, ceramic bricks, patterned porcelain bricks and raw wood for interior furniture are the main materials exploit throughout the project. All of them are economical but are processed carefully and suitably for their functions, which brings a new breeze to the conventional materials.

© Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

To sum up, the design group have provided the house owner with a distinctive space, satisfying the initial requirements and contribute one more solution to the urban housing scene in Vietnam which is now rather boring and messy.

© Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

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Cite: "7x18 House / AHL architects associates" 03 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/481911/7x18-house-ahl-architects-associates/> ISSN 0719-8884
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