Located in Thanh Xuan district, an urbanizing rural area in Hanoi, Vietnam, the ‘Moon house’ by NH Village architects is a locally traditional tube building – a high and narrow structure sharing side walls with neighbors – and is professionally designed so that each room is lit with daylight. Conceived as one vertical continuous space flowing from one function to another, the four-story family home’s windows are reminiscent of spaceship illuminators, overviewing the surrounding chaotic townscape.
The site is only 41 square meters, while the street access is 1.5 meters wide, only enough for a motorbike to enter – these conditions have challenged the architects to design a house that is well thought out in terms of natural ventilation and daylight penetration.
“Another challenge for us in this project was re-definition of the lifestyle in the tube-house typology so common to Vietnam by re-questioning the function of each room in the house,”comments the design team.
NH Village has designed a solemn but easy to access altar space, placed very close to the daily activities of the family and surrounded by natural light and plants. Other spaces of the house are conceived as one continuous big room using very few inner walls – these curved dividers and stairs optimize the space of the irregular site constraints and establish a diversity while adding a sense of softness.
view from corridor
living room on the 2nd floor
opening installed at the sloped roof
corridor with plants
bedroom on the 3rd floor
bedroom on the 1st floor
design team: tran dai nghia, nguyen phuong hieu, pham thu trang, ha vinh
site area: 41m2 |total floor area: 150m2 |project year: 2018|photography:Hiroyuki Oki