Text description provided by the architects. This space was originally an above part of the bedroom (at the 3rd floor) of the old mansion which is set up many technical systems (electric system, water system, and air-conditioner), and this part is quite high. We have added one more floor in order to divide its height into two parts with the aim of creating to an additional floor (meanwhile, the underneath bedroom is still assured its height) for the purpose of the warehouse.
When creating an independent floor for technical system and warehouse, both the architects and the householder find that this new space is very interesting and of course, they decide that it should be a multifunctional space to serve for the apartment. It is also used to read book, hang the hammock, do yoga, and meditate or simply to store some souvenirs that the house owner collected when visiting everywhere.
The staircase is moved to another place (in accordance with the function of all underneath floors) so as to make feel it higher when going up the roof, but the roof is unchanged. Moreover, taking advantage of the cross-beam roofs also helps us to create layers in order to make a variety of different space. Additionally, we have also made use of the old diagonal, and combined with cross arches to create an unified whole - origami.
The space for hanging the hammock is higher because there is a WC in the underneath floor. Beside this space, we set a void to get the light for all underneath floors and also make it as the highlight for this concept.
There is a wall that is hanged on Dong Ho picture (a kind of Vietnamese folk painting) under the glass roof of the void.
These colors of natural, red stone, indigo leaves, scallops, flowers, wood and coal of bamboo leaves… have been concentrated on the Dong Ho’s painting paper. In fact, those colors and papers exist everywhere in the country, but only Dong Ho people know how to use them as art materials. The availability in nature colors becomes valuable art materials. The smooth, shiny “Dzo” paper is for writing poem only. But after coated colors from oyster shell or red stones, the paper can be transferred into glittering stars sky. The lines are very flexible and coherent. Due to creative, talent mind of Dong Ho people, the very simple things has become nation’s art property. Dong Ho people have contributed to human-kinds such a valuable beauty.