Architecture Residential design

In land scarce Ho Chi Minh City, FeA Studio designs a modern house using traditional materials

May 6, 2018

As one of the most densely populated cities in southeast Asia, Ho Chi Minh City presents unique urban challenges. Hanoi-based FeA Studio has designed a house for a family of four including parents and their two young children. The 1,238 sq ft house is located in a suburb of Ho Chi Minh City – the biggest city in Vietnam. The clients wanted the concept of the house to meet the three most important requirements: spacious, airy feel and safety. Bright-coloured paints provide a bright side to the kids’ life as well as a fun and happy living space for the whole family.

Bedrooms are located on the first floor, while the parents’ bedroom is placed behind, with windows opening out on to the backyard where a big mango tree is the focal feature. To make the space work better when the children are older, architects have left provision for space in front of the children’s bedroom which can be renovated into a shared space for the family when they grow up. The second floor and the back room on ground floor will be re-designed into private bedrooms for two adolescents.

While the design of the house reflects modern architecture, the architects have used  some traditional materials such as red tile roof, patterned cement tiles and gralito to give the structure a contextual narrative. The concave-shaped front fence made out of a row of steel bars not only provides a security feature, but also a visual highlight.

Photos: Hoang Dao

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