The architecture of CHI’s House is a reflection of opposing elements that coexist: Natural versus Artificial, Heavy versus Light, Dark versus Light, Solid versus Hollow.
The impressive house that we introduce to you today is located in the “Foggy City” of Da Lat. This is a residential building that possesses a mysterious beauty that blends with the dreamy mountain town setting, making it even more attractive. The house has a very simple name – CHI’s House (Chi’s House) made by Tad.atelier’s design team on an area of 160m² and completed in 2021.
The representative architect Tad.atelier said that the client’s request is the desire to own a weekend house combined with operating a small business area. Due to the actual situation, the homeowner’s business plan has also undergone many changes, from a bakery, a book cafe and finally a bedding showroom.
The site is surrounded by three stone retaining walls, which slope gently towards the valley. Therefore, the team of architects took advantage of this existing terrain to reduce the cost of leveling and at the same time enhance the living space to the upper floors to enjoy the poetic scenery of the valley. The appropriate area within the urban planning boundary is one of the key design strategies of the architect to maximize the usable area of the land lot. The master and guest bedrooms are located at the back while the common areas and public facilities are arranged in the front.
CHI’s House – the architecture of this building itself is a reflection of opposing elements that coexist: Natural versus Man-made, Heavy versus Light, Dark versus Light, Solid versus Hollow. Tad.atelier tries to express these “couples” through the layout of space, the choice of materials used, the design of the lighting system and the color combination. The ground floor space is conceived as an open layout, an extension of the landscape outside the house. Obscuring boundaries are also carefully considered to create a sense of ambiguity between the inner and outer worlds.
Contrary to the heavy, solid material in the facade, the steel staircase is designed as a light, fragile element, suspended in the middle of the house. Besides being an important highlight, the frame structure and perforated steel steps of the staircase system also help the small skylight area become airy, creating conditions for light to penetrate into the spaces below. .
Besides the integration of the owner’s small business area, an outdoor staircase is also proposed so that guests can directly access the showroom on the first floor right from the cushion lobby. The stairs then continue leading up to the terrace, where we can enjoy a panoramic view towards the vast green pine forest of dreamy Da Lat.
“We call CHI’s House a ‘Game of Opposition’ – where different elements are placed side by side in a whole, just enough to harmoniously complement and can bring richness and excitement to the game. owners when experiencing living in this architecture”, the representative architect Tad.atelier shared after completing the project.
Some pictures of CHI’s House design diagram provided by Tad.atelier:
Project name: CHI’s House
Completion year: 2021
Design team: Vu Tien An, Le Uyen Minh, Vo Nu Phuong Anh
Interior design: Lily Nguyen, Tran Tuan Huy, Nguyen Duy Khanh
Location: City. Da Lat, Lam Dong Province