Mother Loan’s House | H-H Studio
- Project name: Mother Loan’s House
- Location: k217/5/1 Nui Thanh road, Hai Chau district, Da Nang, Vietnam
- Land area: 128.9 square metres
- Construction area: 58.6m square metres
- Total area of floors: 200.5 square metres
- Design and completion: H-H studio
- Architect team: Tran Van Tuan, Le Trung Cuong, Hoang Trong Dao, Le Phuoc Chin, Duong Cong Ly
- Construction Manager: Architect Huynh Thuy Vu
- Leading architect: Architect Huynh Tuan Huy
- Photo: Hoang Le
- Completion in: 2019
This house is called Mother Loan’s House located in an alley with 1.150 metres in width and 16.4 metres in length with many buildings surrounding.
From the inspiration of courtyard in traditional architecture, functional components of the house are rearranged vertically and completely separated into 3 blocks with different sizes and functions. The blocks are arranged deflectively with the distance exactly equal to the size of each block. This arrangement creates 3 courtyards surrounding a block and reverses the nature of traditional courtyards: spaces surrounding the courtyard now changes to courtyards surrounding spaces. Thus, on an area of 7.5m x 14.3m architects created 5 courtyards with different sizes, this helps to solve typical problems of small houses in urban areas and tropical climate: reduce building density less than 50%, cross-room ventilation, natural lighting. The space structure of this house has created a fresh and quiet living environment, strengthens the connection between people and people, people with nature, at the same time it also ensures privacy in daily life. While being surrounded by buildings, the inner courtyard solution maximizes its effect through the fact that 2 blocks on the first floor are fully opened along with the house, creating direct ventilation for the whole building.
Opening 2 blocks on the first floor creates a common space that is large and flexible enough to arrange other functions such as short sleeping at noon, sleeping at night on summer days, having dinner in the middle of the garden, meeting family and friends at the weekends, etc. In order to enhance interaction between human and nature, paths and stairs are placed completely outside. On the second floor where the space becomes a solemn and close location, owners decided to arrange an altar here. Above the altar, lines of the Buddha in the sitting posture are carved on the wall with transparent and pure natural light source taken directly from the glass roof. Materials for interior and exterior of this house aim to be as simple and natural as possible to limit pollution during material transportation and construction completion. At the same time, to keep the space at the purest sense, architects have eliminated decoration and tiling work. Natural land of gardens is kept as its origin to easily grow seasonal vegetables or change other plants as owners’ hobbies. The floor surface after being poured with concrete is sharpened and not polished, keeping the pure light grey color of the concrete. All inside and outside walls are scratched to bring the impression for white walls.
Posting: Lucy Nguyen