Project / 2nd Quarter 2024

Villa Tan Dinh: Devoted to Nature

Unlike most houses in the neighbourhood—Tanh Dinh ward in Ho Chi Minh City’s most condensed district—that maximise building upon their plots of land to create monolithic enclosed masses, the architects sought to reduce the built-up spaces of this house from the start. From discussions with the owner, they pared down the programme to the point where it could fulfil the occupants’ needs—no more and no less.

Most of the house's area is devoted to natural spaces rather than prioritising usable space. All photos courtesy of Hiroyuki Oki

Activities take place in 'empty zones' in between the greenery, pond and stacked voids A thin steel mesh screen above the front gate visually shields the house

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