Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This amazing modern design with a hint of art deco is located in a tranquil garden setting. The intention was to turn the existing construction, a “pastiche” art deco, into a contemporary villa with clean lines and open spaces while keeping the entire existing concrete structure. The cost saved represents around 30 percent of the total construction costs, and the time saved on the construction schedule was also a huge benefit for the client. Furthermore, in balancing the cost it was possible to add new elements to the construction.
The building has been reduced to its most minimal expression: a white cubic shape with two vertical vegetal walls added on the front and back of the house in order to bring privacy for the bedrooms and allow large openings for natural ventilation without crossing views.
The vertical garden extends the surrounding vegetation onto the walls and makes the house “disappear” into the landscape. It creates a strong visual connection between the house and the garden and gives an identity to the place.
Photo credit: Hiroyuki OKI