Fast changing society put architecture at a point to which it has to change quickly to adapt to the demand of new functions or commercialization, and the frequency of changes is both ambiguous and persistent. If a place is defined just by focus of values, to what extend will the house support the ambivalent reality of economic value and function, while retaining its core architectural one, which is nurture, stability, and permanence. Witnessing the course of alterations, the architects behind the design are confronted with an open-ended question on how a house should grow, pondering on which part is the heart that will retain its core architectural intention, while the remaining chunk of the house will be free for modifications.
▼建筑外观，view of the house
The house is a seventy years old colonial villa that sits on one of the busiest road in the heart of the city. The original house is a brick building that later expanded with an additional separate steel structure at the back of the house twenty years ago.Commission to renovate a friend house, KIENTRUC O chose to fill in the context by subtracting the site with a void.
▼建筑后身加建的钢结构部分，the additional separate steel structure
Confronted with the constant chaos of the city, the house juxtaposes against its urban context by introverting itself through spatial subtraction, creating a void that denote its noisy context, only to remain a moment of internal monologue, poetic stillness, reflection, contemplation, and connection. Elliptical in geometry, the void carves along the horizontal side of the house toward the steel structure to the back, continuing upward to the roof forming the receding pattern of the floors above. The spatial abstraction of the void’s geometry is materialized.
▼空间的回避与迎合，avoid the noisy space while keep in touch with the city
▼内凹的庭院，the house introverting itself through spatial subtraction
▼面向街道的垂直变化，the void space that face to the street
▼内部空间通过立面开窗与外界保持联系，the interior keep in touch with the exterior
▼与外部环境的隔绝创造住宅庭院，to keep away with the city and enclose a private space
Architecture has changed since commercialization. It does not just convey aesthetic as how it used to be, but more commercial construed, whose logic at some point in the future will expire, and it rather expires quickly. As the void sits in silence, denoted of distractions, it is the embodiment of the purity of emotion, triggering a sense of subtlety in the Vietnamese understanding of nature, despite of the ambiguity of programmatic function.
▼亲近自然的生活，a life with nature
Architects: KIENTRUC O.
Principal Architect: Đàm Vũ.
Design team: An-Ni Lê, Dân Hồ, Tài Nguyễn, Duy Tăng, Nhung Hồ
Project Year: 2017.
Floor area: 775m2.
Photograph : Hiroyuki Oki.
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