LocationThảo Điền, Vietnam
Architect in ChargeDo Quoc Hiep (project leader), Vo Duy Kim
Structural EngineerNguyen Huu Tuan
Construction SupervisorNguyen Thanh Sang, Do Trung Chau
Text description provided by the architects. Saigon architecture is an inspiring memory for architects who was born and raised in Saigon. House design is an intricate topic in architecture as a house is a very common architectural typology with so many demands and possibilities.
The house requires many different functions, arranged within a limited footprint of 12.5m x 14.5m. Basic living areas including living, sleeping rooms were put to the back of the site whereas other utilities such as kitchen, garage, swimming pool, study were placed to the front and connected through open spaces. With this arrangement, the utility spaces receive maximum lighting and ventilation, while the living areas archive higher level of silence and privacy with enough view, light and air.
The house interior was inspired by traditional Vietnamese architecture through the use of courtyard, fish pond, veranda, shutter windows and greenery. Natural materials such as wood, stone combined with concrete created a tropical and relaxing atmosphere.
By elevating the swimming pool, the ground floor was opened for more flexible functions. Moreover, the pool also helps to cool down open courtyard. The 12.5m spanning façade structure, holding a great number of handcrafted ventilation blocks, delicately “wraps” the spaces within. This screen wall helps blocking the harsh tropical sun light and prying eyes from outside, while allowing air flow through in a simple, subtle fashion.