LocationNgọc Thanh, Vietnam
Architect in ChargePham Thanh Huy
ConstructionBest Design}h b
PartnersTran Dinh Hoa, Dao Dieu Linh, Duong Quoc Cuong
Wood & Furniture282 Design
Text description provided by the architects. Teak House is the result of a journey seeking for the beauty of architecture in the interplay between culture and environment. In this interesting and arduous journey, we have been looking for the harmony of architecture, interiors, materials and natural wood techniques to create a delicate and sustainable house.
The villa located on a pine hill in Flamingo Dai Lai Resort was renovated to become the escape place from the busy of the city. The wood walls along with light color and rough stone bring a friendly, cozy and close to the nature atmosphere to the users.
Wooden house is popular in Vietnam, but here to adapt to the context of pine forest, the architect chose artificial stone combined with Teak wood to build a villa in the North European style. Teak wood was used to build sea-going ships, it can withstand the harsh climate in northern Vietnam. Understanding lots of wood processing and witnessing the exploitation of wood leading to the destruction of forests, he decided to choose Teak wood from regenerated wood forests that is suitable for local climatic conditions but the re-exploitation does not affect the environment.
As architectural critic Jack Self said: "We can not find a universal formula for beauty." This is true at Teak House - a house with contemporary design and North Europe style among the pine forest in northern Vietnam offers a new promising design.
In order to integrate the house into the surrounding hill and pine forest, we renovated the design from 2.5 stories to 2 stories. At the same time it had to remain the function including 03 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, living room... Our solution was deepen the foundation of the house to increase the height of the first floor to 5.4 m, then added a mezzanine floor.
The grond floor features a living room, kitchen, dining room facing the front yard and the back garden, and a small bedroom in the mezzanine floor. At the landing of the stairs is the entrance to the mezzanine bedroom. Continue to move through the wood stair above the garden with soils and trees, we will meet the living room adjacent to the main bedroom on the first floor. On the duplex space there is a glass floor connecting to the swimming pool and the garden. This pool-garden is the main feature landscape to arrange function rooms around.
The facade is cladded with a layer of Teak wood combined with rough stone. The entrance to lobby area is natural stone steps that rises above the grass. Natural wood wiping oil and exquisite furniture in the Nordic style make the simple design of the living room. The highlight of the room is a white oiled cupboard, suspended in the Φ320 steel tube with the function of reversing the living, cooking and eating space.
In this house, you will always feel the breeze blowing slowly from nowhere as the architect has put in an interesting effect that the entire ceiling fan system is hidden on the wood ceiling. Other technical systems (air conditioner, sound, fire protection, lighting, etc.) are also hidden in the ceiling to "clean" the interior.
In the middle of the living room, a steel heater ceiling by Gyrofocus becomes the solution for the cold winter of the area but also a symbol of Nordic style in this house.
The kitchen is hidden behind a wooden rustic cabinets. A large wooden surface combined with 08 'The Thair' chairs by Hans Wegner are used in the dining room. Above the dinner table is the bottom of the swimming pool with concrete color hanging three lights.
Two-layered walls with large veranda work as a solution against the negative effects of the four seasons of the area. The interior space is opened to the views of the garden, pine forest and lake, while the staircase system embracing the duplex space helps the wind to run through the whole rooms.
The caring of architects is expressed in the use of transitional materials: natural stone steps at two different cotes, large wood panels connect the garden under the stair and the wood floor, stone combines with wood, gives the interior a sense of cozy minimalist style.
Teak house is a mix of elements of status quo, architectural form, and use - an architect's peak in finding new style. It also demonstrates his "obsession" with wood working techniques and teak wood - a solution facade for tropical climate, and a good material for finishing works as well as interior funiture. That's why we call it 'wood form home'.