In a crowded and busy city like Hanoi, people take advantage of every single space they have. This house and its garden stand humbly amidst the surrounding building blocks. Instead of using all the land or keeping an indoor courtyard space, the house is set back from the street to offer the whole alley a green space—with plantings and creepers growing on brick walls—a small but precious ‘breathing’ gap in the dense urban setting. The front ‘gate’ used alternating brickwork as its form, which created a sparse fence separating the house from the street while sharing the green space with its neighbours.
The house in this typical Hanoi alley was designed for a young man who came back after spending a long time living abroad. He wanted a house with a private space that is also open—a place where he can relax and share with friends as a peaceful hideout. This client wanted a dog-friendly home, and so it must have a garden for both to enjoy nature. Based on the client’s needs and site location, the architect offered a free-form design, eliminating the typical functional boundaries one would find in a house.
Although the plan area is only 40 square metres, the house conveys a sense of roominess on the inside as the whole space is connected even though there are no walls to fix the functions to any space. Light and ventilation are brought into the house through its large windows at the front and its various gaps and openings. The architect chose natural and rustic materials to bring about a cosy and comfortable ambience.
|Project Name||Maison T|
|Site Area||60 square meters|
|Gross Floor Area||40 square metres|
|Principal Architect||Tuan_Nghia Nguyen|
|Main Contractor||The Space Construction Ltd|
|Mechanical &Electrical Engineer||The Space Construction Ltd|
|Civil &Structural Engineer||NGHIA-ARCHITECT|
|Images/Photos||Tuan Nghia Nguyen|