When it comes to the world of housing in an urban setting, space is often the biggest limiting factor. And in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, this problem is becomes even more stark as narrow homes with distinct Southeast Asian colonial architecture sit next to one another. On the outside, the NA House seems just like another of these modest residences that has been squeezed into a bustling urban scene. But step inside and you will find a surprisingly cheerful and light-filled interior that works around the constraints of the lot and manages to create an inviting and pleasant ambiance.

Narrow NA House in Ho Chi Minh city spread across four space-savvy levels

Lower level living area of the modern home in VietnamSmall indoor garden feature with a light well above creates a refreshing ambiance indoorsView of the kitchen, dining room and living area on the lower levelSimple L-shape kitchen and dining space designWooden bed and headboard in the modern bedroom feel like an extension of the floorSmall modern bathroom with a gorgeous freestanding bathtubLibrary and study on the top level of the Ho Chi Minh city homeSky garden on the fourth level of Ho Chi Minh City Residence with lovely views

Designed by NatureArch Studio, this narrow house is set on a plot that is just 3.5 X 18 m wide; forcing the architects to make the most of every inch of space on offer. What it lacks in width, the home makes up easily in height as its various public and private spaces are stretched across four different levels. It is the ground floor that contains the open living space with kitchen and dining area sitting next to one another. A small patio and a light well next to the staircase bring in the much needed sunlight and give the interior a breezy, relaxing appeal.

Lower level living area of the modern home in Vietnam

Small indoor garden feature with a light well above creates a refreshing ambiance indoors



View of the kitchen, dining room and living area on the lower level

White cabinets and a dark backsplash fashion a cool, modern kitchen

Simple L-shape kitchen and dining space design

Sliding glass doors are a great space-saver in the narrow home

Light well next to the brings illuminates the various levels of the narrow home

Wooden bed and headboard in the modern bedroom feel like an extension of the floor

Small modern bathroom with a gorgeous freestanding bathtub

A clever, layered approach to artificial lighting along with the stream of natural light play a pivotal role in ensuring the spaces inside this slender house do not feel claustrophobic. The master bedroom and kids’ bedroom are situated on the second floor with the third floor containing additional guest spaces and an entertainment zone. The top level features a fabulous roof garden and home library / workspace and also gives the homeowners a perfect, private relaxation zone. [Photography: Quang Tran]

Library and study on the top level of the Ho Chi Minh city home

Organized home office and library design

View of the light-filled stairwell from the fourth floor of the modern Ho Chi Minh city home

Wooden slats combine privacy and demarcation of space with smart flow if light

Sky garden on the fourth level of Ho Chi Minh City Residence with lovely views

Street facade of narrow urban house in Ho Chi Minh city

Floor plan of ground level of NA House

Narrow urban home master bedroom level floor plan

Third level floor plan of Ho Chi Minh City residence

Floor plan of the roof garden level

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