Urban house


Location: Gò Vấp - Sài Gòn

Located in a three-way-junction corner of a small residential area, the boundary setback defined by the government regulations creates an abnormal shape for the site which challenged the architects to fit all the requirements of a nuclear family with two other rooms for lease. The concept is how to build up a community gathered in a cluster of houses while each house could play as a specific functional space. In that community, the residents could meet up, communicate with others in public spaces such as “kitchen-house”, “dining-house”, “office-house”, share the same out(in)door greenery, natural ventilation… but still keep themselves private in their own “bedroom-house”. Consequently, those functional spaces work individually as different houses which connect to each other by gardens, skylights, and alleys. Therefore, rooms become houses, while the house becomes the community.