Nhà Bè House
Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon
Bach Ngoc Hoang
Phu Xuan, Vietnam
The house is a cozy and peaceful place for four middle-aged women and their mother. They wish to spend the remaining time of their life to come back and live together in a home, especially looking after their mom. That is a nice way to continue writing and filling in fractured memories of childhood.
The site has the shape of a long rectangle that accommodates five bedrooms, an open living room connected to the garden and the front yard, and common spaces attached together continuously – they embrace a central void to demand two aims: separating individual needs and bringing communication of family members inside the house.
Within the settlement, there is a palm canal crossing. Therefore, the microclimate here is satisfactory, especially on hot summer days, because winds absorb moisture from that canal when flowing through the residential area. The outdoor environment is cooler.
The big house is designed with a pitched roof. The central void is opened to the attic, which is used as a worship space. This floor acts as a transitional gap to prevent the heat impact of solar radiation from the top at noon.
Winds containing moisture evaporated from the canal move inside through openings and the brick wall layer; meanwhile, the hot air rises to the attic and escapes at holes in the roof. This naturally ventilated mechanism maintains coolness and satisfaction for the lower floors.
The building is planned in a low, dense residential neighborhood of a peri-urban area, so its approach is from two sides: internal and external.
The external approach includes views to the outside but still having individuality indoors and protecting the hard impact from the sun.
The solution of sponge walls with an appropriate height is beneficial for protecting views from the outside, creating enough shadow, allowing air movements, welcoming a little access to sunlight, and enjoying tropical rains but not being wet.
The internal views are towards the middle, where a square corridor is arranged around a central opening with plants.
The staircase is also located here. A core space is daylit and cooled well and is relaxing with the green color of plants.
Next to it, there is a large dining table where daily conversations usually happen.
It is open and connective to the living, reading, and cooking spaces and the mother’s open bedroom.
All indoor spaces are open to outdoor and indoor gardens to bring good emotions, energy, and comfort for occupants via the touch with nature.
Living far away from inner city districts allows people to have more open spaces to breathe pure air and enjoy more plants, a blue sky in the morning, and a starry night.
That is the current movement of many citizens who are bored with living in compact residential neighborhoods of the city, especially after COVID-19.