The diverse terrain of Ha Long, Vietnam, encourages tourism to its mountains and hills, valleys and coast, which boosts the economy. However, there is also a boom in urbanisation. Prolific construction and overall building density in the city is drastically narrowing people’s living environments. This particular home design project, by architects at
Black framed windows are deep set into the thick cement walls, giving the interior spaces an element of shade from the searing brightness and heat.
Ventilation blocks let the sea air flow into the structure of the home.
By night, the installation of ventilation blocks create a square of bright twinkling pattern in the darkness.
A balcony extends out from the first floor living room, where a large door can be opened up to create comfortable airflow, and connection with the outside world.
The face of the building is predominantly glass, though the bedrooms on the top floor are given privacy behind shutters.
White curtains draw across to lock out the world and the hot sun on the lower two living floors. Out in the low maintenance yard, a
The plant inhabited interior reminds us of this
The other end of the living space is home to a relaxed lounge with a large TV.
Wooden units and a glass backsplash make up the long kitchen run. On the other side of the long kitchen island, a modern dining table provides space for six diners. The
A stainless steel American-style fridge-freezer adds a shiny pitstop at the end of the kitchen run, marking the transition into the interior courtyard and then on into the lounge.
A white countertop wraps the
Mirror image windows on each side of the building makes it feel as though there are no walls there at all, only walkways beneath the feet.
A skylight further boosts the feeling of open space, and washes the home’s central staircase and courtyard in sunrays.
Foliage shadows paint patterns across plain walls, which glow orange at sunrise and sunset.
Up on the top floor, a towering feature window presents views of the city. Multi-tonal flooring glows richly in the warm light.
Thin white balustrades lightly line the sides of the core staircase and landings.
The importance of family life needs to be given due attention within the rapid economic development of the world today. With that thought in mind, everywhere in this house (other than private spaces) were designed to be flawlessly connected. There is open flow right from the very front yard all the way through to the back yard, and the top floor of the house is vertically connected all the way down two more levels.
The open staircase also allows natural sunlight from the skylights to feed the indoor garden below it.
Glass wall rooms mean that the courtyard tree can be enjoyed from multiple areas of the home, on all levels.
Interior windows open up for cross ventilation.
Even with family members settled in their own activities in different rooms, there is a sense of togetherness facilitated by the vast expanses of clear interior glazing.
A second lounge on the first floor gives the kids their own space in which to hang out away from the parents. Here, they can watch their own shows on TV, and at their own volume through those smart
A glass walkway crosses the upstairs lounge and landing.
The abundance of glass makes the house feel weightless and free.
Teasers of the house peep through the ventilation blocks.
Plain white interior walls keep the family home feeling fresh and cool. Lack of wall hangings and decoration gives the home a peaceful minimalist vibe.
Ground floor plan.
First floor plan.
Second floor plan.
Division of space.
Private and public spaces.
Ha Long urbanisation.
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