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Hinz Studio designs modern house in Vietnam using locally available natural materials

November 26, 2019

Ho Chi Minh-based Hinz Studio, led by architect Phan Văn Trần Tuấn, has designed the Chivi house in Da Nang, named after the owner’s children in the 137m² house (Chi and Vi). The family of four wanted a spacious house which is closer to nature. The design aims to streamline the structure of space, shapes and materials’ use reflecting the children’s vivid imagination.

“The materials we use are natural such as rough brick, concrete, steel, wood, stone. These materials’ shades will change over time with the maturity of the family’s kids. Trees are arranged in every corner if possible, inside and outside the house, to reduce the heat radiation, filter the air and create a sense of relaxation.” – Architect Phan Văn Trần Tuấn


The ground floor is designed to maximise connectivity to all functional spaces inside and outside the house, where the children can run around and play freely.

The brick wall is made into two layers separated by an air cavity not only to insulate the heat but also for acoustic purposes – to soundproof – creating the quietest space for the homeowners. All rooms take full advantage of natural daylight and fresh air. Lighting is also intentionally arranged to maximise the lighting effect and evoke emotions when elevating the feel of the materials’ surface and space’s contrasts. The house is designed to be energy-efficient and minimise power consumption.


Photos: Quang Tran

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