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Nguyễn Đặng Anh Dũng

Âu Ý Nhiên | Bùi Thanh Sang | Nguyễn Hữu Thể Trang |

Nguyễn Văn Trung | Võ Đình Huỳnh | Vũ Anh Tuấn

Construction : Trần Đáp + Phạm Xuân Trường
Photographs : Quangdam

For the first time coming here, we have the feeling about the depth of an “aged” house which is filled with its owners’ habit and memories from the very first years after Liberation.

The house’s owners are a retired couple who want to renovate this house into a more spacious place to enjoy time with their children and grandchildren, particularly in some special occasions like Tet. The old house is built on a weak ground and located in a local officers’ resident

As time gone by, city replaces towns; new houses replace the old ones. However, this two semi-detached house has managed to preserve their original form after several restorations, not perfectly but adequately to keep the spirit of a traditional Southern houses. The combination in this two semi-detached house has put a silent note on the neighborhood’s transformation trend.

Design method is to keep a half of the existing roof and the gutter in order to remain the harmony for the whole scene and the spirit of a Southern house. From this, the “HALF ROOF” language is applied for the back block to make the uniformity for the building. The forming language beginning from the existing house will make the house modern but familiar.

The old structure is handled in a new way; the columns under gutter are retreated, steel structure is used to make a 5-meter span, which creates a completely opening space, the inner and the outer of the house which are separated by slide doors are connected through this space. Trees are put into groups which cover the lodge. These help the house’s owner preserving their living habit under the porch, around the garden but in a generous and contemporary building.

Materials, jardiniere and furniture taken from the old house are selected, redecorated, reused, and cleverly organized to put back to the new house in the combination with several new parts.