Design Team: Nguyen Van Anh, Nguyen Phan Anh Tuan, Luong Xuan Dong
Structural Engineer: Do Thanh Tuan
Lighting: CARA Vietnam
Aluminum Doors & Windows : Quan Dat Company
General And Finish Contractor: NHA DAN Construction
Text description provided by the architects. The site is a rectangular lot whose sides are occupied by neighboring multi-story houses. As a result, the design challenges are to bring natural light to bottom floors and create a generous space for living within a small lot.
We started the design by dividing up the program: circulation elements such as stairs and hallway on one side and main living functions on the other. Next, we proposed to fold the wall that divides the program to one side to solve the aforementioned challenges.
By simply folding the wall towards one side, the circulation space is narrowed, thereby increasing usable spaces for the bedrooms on the top floors. The sloping surfaces generated by folding the wall diffuses natural light coming in from above, filling the interior with different lighting conditions as each hour passes.
The structure execution of this folding wall is relatively more complex and expensive than that of conventional structures. Fortunately, we have the approval and cooperation of clients in order to turn the design into reality.