Located in the center of Ho Chi Minh city, the house was designed for two families; a couple in their sixties and their son’s couple with a child. The plot has a bilateral character. It is in a typical developing and urbanizing area, facing to a noisy and dusty street. But it is also very close to the river and the Saigon Zoo with a plenty of greenery.

Against a backdrop of this duality, the concept of the house is to accommodate two different lifestyles in a tropical climate; one is a natural and traditional lifestyle, utilizing natural lighting and ventilation, and the other is a modern and well-tempered lifestyle with mechanical equipments such as air-conditioners.

The house is composed of two different spaces positioned alternately. Spaces for modern lifestyle are allocated in three floating volumes wrapped by concrete pattern blocks. Between volumes are two in-between spaces covered by glasses and widely open to the exterior, where the residents enjoy their natural life with wind, sunlight, green and water.

Status
Built in 06. 2013
Program
Private house
Location
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
GFA
516 m2
Client
Individual
Contractor
Wind and Water House JSC + Danang Company
Photographs
Hiroyuki Oki
Collaborator
Sanuki + Nishizawa architects
Design credit
Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN Architects)
Partners
Vo Trong Nghia, Shunri Nishizawa, Daisuke Sanuki