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Filling a 700-square-metre building with void

Void is the protagonist of the renovation of this colonial house in Ho Chi Minh City by Kientruc O Studio

Hiroyuki Oki

There is something philosophical about Kientruc O studio’s renovation of D House in Ho Chi Minh City. The 775 square metres unfold on a two-floor brick colonial building from the ‘40s and on a four-floor extension made of steel from the ‘90s. The entire structure overlooks one of the most crowded roads of the Vietnamese capital. 

The idea behind the renovation reflects on a specific issue: in times, like today, where the commercial and functional requirements of buildings change so rapidly, making architecture age earlier, how can decline be avoided? What is the main element that will survive future inspections? In this case, opposed to the chaos of the city, void lives in this building. 

An elliptic section crossing all floors, and therefore years, a bright spot for peace and refreshment that will always be needed. A four-floor garden raising from the water of a pool and leading up to a terrace. But nothing like the infinity pools in plain view to make the neighbours jealous, this is more of a silent recess where you can enjoy yourself, far away from everything. 

The entire structure unfolds around this. The walls are mainly made of glass, allowing natural sunlight to shine through inside the building and to be reflected by the white interiors and ceilings. On the outside, metallic gratings have round holes that let trees grow. From the top floor, you have the impression that a garden is raising without the support of the ground. This feeling of lightness pervades the entire structure and is, perhaps, the identity of the project. 



by Stefano Annovazzi Lodi / 29 November 2017


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