- Project name: The TROPIC House
- Design and completion: RISOU
- Architect in charge: Pham Ngoc Binh
- Architect team: Pham Ngoc Binh, Nguyen Phuong Dong, Truong Hue My, Tran Thi Mai Thanh, Tran Dang Khoa
- Interior completion: THE BOX
- Land area: 100 square metres (5×20)
- Completion in: October 2020
- Photo: Quang Tran
One of the traditional lifestyles of Asian people that many generations live together in a same house as it’s convenient for family members caring for each other: young couples can take care of their parents, their parents can also support to take care of small babies. This cultural feature also has a certain influence on the architectural design of a house.
This house is called TROPIC House with a total area of 100 square metres is a sweet home of 2 families including old parents, their son and daughter-in-law. It’s required that a house must have a separate common space and also private living spaces which are not too close to each other and also have the connection within the house. This requirement creates the main concept for home design. The ground floor begins with a garage and a living room. This is the common area that parents can meet and have daily talk with their son and daughter-in-law here. In the living room, a wooden lounge and chair with ivory white cushions are arranged in the middle of the room. A set of black stone tea tables adorn with contrasting white pieces becomes a highlight for the room. When a new day starts, the room’s space is lightened up with full of natural lights thanks to a big and long glass wall. In order to prevent the harsh sunlight on summer days, a block-out curtain with 2 layers is installed for this wall. From glass wall system, owners can view the entire outside of the house. To maximize natural light leading into the room, architects have added glass windows with different sizes on the wall, at the same time it also makes the living room space become airier.
Behind the living room is a large and open yard and stairs leading to the upper floor. Beneath stairs, a small pool brings freshness and relaxation for owners. Walking through a large garden is parents’ bedroom, a kitchen and a small dining table. The parents can have daily activities here with privacy and quietness. Parents’ living room interior is designed in minimalist style but still ensures full necessary functions for owners. Here, once again a block-out curtain with 2 layers is installed making a connect within the house.
The outdoor stairs to the upper floors feel like a way leading up to a second house of a small family. All activities of the young family are taken place behind the door to the dining room. The upper floor is a master bedroom and a kid’s bedroom. Both bedrooms are furnished in a minimalist style while still ensuring the needs of use and expressing an elegant beauty.
Another wonderful thing of TROPIC House is that it is located next to the maternal house (wife’s parents’ house) so a corner of the yard is connected to the next yard creating a reliance on symbiosis but no mutual influence of a big multi-generational family.
Posting: Lucy Nguyen