Located in Can Tho city, Vietnam near the tranquil Mekong river, K-Villa+ by Space+ Architecture firm has been designed in a modern style, adapted to Lotus Home Standard for Green Building (certified by the Vietnam Green Building Council) by maximising the open space to gain harmony with nature, enhancing the bio-climatic comfort and health of the residents, and respecting the environment – all of which contribute towards the development of sustainable architecture in Vietnam. With a lower building density – less than 15% – the design team has prioritised green spaces, and incorporated rainwater-absorbing surface as well as a green roof – all these strategies have helped to reduced the urban heat island effect.
The garden has been created by planting local trees such as mango, palm, bougainvillea, and plumeria, an ecological fish pond with aquatic plants as lotus, and water lily. Grasscrete block, local plant and tree, ecological pond help to absorb rainwater. In the future, the residents can use the filter system to reuse rainwater into a source of pure drinking water. With the natural circulating air of the typical monsoon, K-Villa+ has been designed with open spaces, breeze enabling walls, appropriate layout of doors and windows in order to gain the convectional air flow and bring the natural cool air to inside the house.
Using the tropical sun as the main light source, the architect has brought the natural light system solution to the project through indoor garden, skylight, and larger windows in order to use mostly natural light for daytime as well as for family members to easily see each other and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding garden. The project features eco-friendly materials as un-baked brick for wall partition, weather steel for fence and double-skin facade. Natural wood from certified sustainable sources is used for floor and furniture. The combined application of natural ventilation and lighting, green roof, double skin façade, and low-E glasses has allowed the house to maintain the effective and economic purpose of artificial power’s use.
The house is divided clearly in calm and activity areas. The master bedroom is located in a quiet area but still has all the best views of the garden around the house. On the first floor, other bedrooms are around a small and calm garden. This garden is also a space to relax and bring more natural light and ventilation into these rooms.
The living room, dining room and kitchen are spacious and well designed. Each bedroom has an elegant modern design expressing the personality of the user. Inside all the rooms, there is always natural light and beautiful views to the garden. The spiral staircase is an artistic highlight at the heart of the building. It is also a skylight to gain the natural light and air circulation for the building. Top floor also houses relaxing sauna facilities in the midst of nature. By using breeze blocks, the design team gained both privacy and natural ventilation.
A 50m long road has been made to create a connection for local people to access the green park near by and could be used for other community activities.
Architects: Space+ Architecture
Area: 1,800 m²
Year of completion: 2020
Manufacturers: AutoDesk, IGS Windows, Trimble
Architect-in-charge: Tran Cong Danh
Design team: Tran Thao Xuan Phuong, Vo Bich Huyen
Engineering: Tran Cong Toai
Landscape: Tran Thi Huong, Van Cong Vuong, Duong Minh Trung
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