“House No. 27” is a residential renovation work by the design team of DMArchitects. The house was built on a land of 100m² in an alley in District 5, TP. Ho Chi Minh City, with a usable area of 270m². The house was first built in the 1980s in a high-density residential area, has undergone quite a few renovations and expansions, and is now almost 40 years old.
From a single-generation family, up to now, the number of family members is increasing with 3 generations living together, including grandparents, parents and children, a total of 7 people. Therefore, the owner wants to renovate the house one more time to create a comfortable and comfortable living space that meets the current living needs as well as connects family members with each other.
Architect Pham Duc Minh said that the client’s desire is to create a close and quiet residential space, suitable for the hot and humid tropical climate of the South. At the same time, besides the intimate connection, the building still has to ensure privacy and comfort for the individual activities and rest of the small generations in a large family.
Based on a thorough study of the existing structure of “House 27”, the DMArchitects team planned the parts that could be removed and the structures that were required to be retained during the renovation. However, there are some structural parts that need to be dismantled during the repair process to know if they can be kept or not. Therefore, the architects have come up with a plan to allow improvised design, custom construction decisions for structures that are uncertain from the beginning on the construction site.
With the new renovation solution, the new structures have created a continuous connection between functional areas, usable spaces, the connection between inside and outside the house, the connection between people and people. man – man with nature. As a result, people and nature are not completely separated but still ensure the privacy of family members.
The common living space and kitchen are located in the center of the house. This is also the place that is “favored” for the largest possible area after converting from the old building. The reason given is that the members of the house spend most of their time using this space, watching TV together, eating, chatting, from this location, people can connect with most of the houses. Other spaces should create more cohesion.
The remaining functional areas are “nested” to the side from the existing structure of the house, ensuring the living needs of the members and limiting the impact on the main space. With the criterion of overcoming the limitations of ventilation and natural ventilation of the previous structure, the team of architects made the most of the ability to receive natural light and ventilation for the entire house, reducing minimize the use of electrical energy during the operation of the new building structure.
All rooms of “House No. 27” are arranged with ventilation windows at both ends, ensuring ventilation from the front area to the back of the house. Based on the old structural system, the chief architect proposed to open 3 locations of atrium skylights to ensure the best vertical ventilation. Combined with the above factors is to create a “buffer space” in front of the house, combined with green bonsai, both bringing the breath of fresh nature and preventing direct heat radiation into the house.
In addition, the arrangement of the water tank on the ground floor contributes to moisture balance, creating a pressure difference for more effective ventilation, helping the house, despite being in a small alley, densely populated but still cool. comfortable. The red color of the building was developed from the old stairs and kept intact during the repair process. When designing and decorating the interior, the team of DMArchitects reused most of the old furniture, accessories and items to save memories and evoke memories in the members of the 27-year-old house. This life is over 40!
Project name: House No. 27
Chief Architect: Pham Duc Minh
Completion year: 2021
Location: District 5, City. Ho Chi Minh
Photo: Paul Phan