Archdaily, one of the worlds leading websites devoted to architecture and design has included four outstanding Vietnamese houses among 80 most beautiful ones in this world this year. The four Vietnamese houses were among more than 4,000 different projects that were published by Archdaily in 2018.
The four houses selected by Archdaily are (1) The Brick Cave in Hanoi; (2) Hopper House in Hanoi; (3) The Hut in Saigon, and (4) the Long An House in the Mekong Delta province of Long An.
According to Archdaily, experts evaluated houses based on four criteria – architectural design, material and construction innovation, challenging topography, and meeting client’s desires. Following are details on the four homes named by Archdaily:
1. The Brick Cave, Hanoi
The Brick Cave in Hanoi gets its name because the house is built entirely of rustic bricks and is designed as a cave-like structure.
|The exterior of the Brick Cave, photo courtesy of Nguyen Tien Thanh|
The house is designed with two layers of brick walls. Alternating between the walls are green trees, which helps the house stay cool while allowing natural light inside.
|The interior of the Brick Cave, photo courtesy of Nguyen Tien Thanh|
2. The Hopper House, Hanoi
The Hopper House in Hanoi is located in a small alley in Tay Ho District. It subtly blends classical Asian architecture (sloping tile roof, rustic wooden door, front yard area with perennial crops) with modern elements of Western architecture.
|The exterior of the Hopper House, photo courtesy of Hoang Le|
Inside of the Hopper House is a funnel-shaped ceiling and an interior garden in the middle of the house. The roof is designed in a manner that allows it to be a main light source for the living room space.
|The interior of the Hopper House, photo courtesy of Hoang Le|
3. Long An House, Long An Province
The architects who designed the Long An House, created a space that was built in a trapezoidal form using rustic bricks.
|The exterior of the Long An House, photo courtesy of Oki Hiroyuki|
The split roof helps with air circulation and allows natural light throughout the space and ensures that homeowners do not need to manage air conditioning and heating systems throughout the year.
|The interior of the Long An House, photo courtesy of Oki Hiroyuki|
4. The HUT, Saigon
The Hut in Saigon is a house that was built in the outskirts of the city. The house belongs to a family who wanted a quite home in a residential area that would contribute to a peaceful life.
|The exterior of The Hut, photo courtesy of Oki Hiroyuki|
The house generates a calm and peaceful space with plain gray concrete walls and floors, and a simple cross on the wall.
|The interior of The Hut, photo courtesy of Oki Hiroyuki|