“建筑对生活生活品质的影响取决于它的几何形态，以及这一几何形态如何与人产生关联。”这是建筑师在设计Thong住宅时的最初想法。该住宅位于Phu My Hung，是西贡南部的一个新兴的城市区域。该项目在排屋的原型中找到了一种新的当代生活方式。设计的任务是舍弃固有的城市住宅模式：楼梯位于建筑中央，走廊被四壁环绕，人们被孤立在自己的世界。委托人是一个四口之家，他们明确期望拥有一个充满自然元素的家庭空间，同时使家庭成员的距离变得更加紧密。
“The perceived quality of life in buildings should come from the geometry and how that geometry connects to human beings”. It was the initial thought we had when being offered to design a row house in Phu My Hung, a new urban development area in the Southern Saigon. This project could be considered as another attempt to find a contemporary living manner in row house typology. The brief was to get rid of the way of living we used to have in common town house, where the staircase in the center along with the corridor to access spaces covered by four walls which isolate people inside his own world. The client is a nuclear family, consisted of the parents and two kids with the explicit wish to have a home fulfilled with natural elements while being able to improve the spiritual connection between each family member.
▼住宅外观，an external view of the house
Therefore, in a general view, the house looks like a composition of cubes as the private rooms while the spaces created under the shifting volumes will become the public areas for the family. The bold section plan which collateralized circulation, privacy, and activities-control, could be used to decide the function in each voids and volumes. Continuously, a circulation as a silk ribbon is consequently created to connect all spaces together and tighten the relationship of spaces. From the main entrance, a narrow covered passageway introduces people to a 5-meter-height living space with the rotating door system at the end of the house. This system would be opened to the backyard garden and instantly fulfilled by wind provided through the tunnel.
▼双层高的客厅，a double height living room
▼旋转门将凉风引入室内，the rotating door system will invite the wind in
▼通透的双层高空间，a transparent space
The living space and the dining area both expands vertically, through a double height, which helps to harmonize the public spaces inside the house with the outdoor impression. Along the straight flight steel staircase, some floating private volumes such as library, space for the guest, and children space could gradually be seen. The master bedroom with the private common space in the fourth floor, are connected by a stone pavement that overcomes the garden which has been landscaped with indigenous plant and the top light above. The other utilities are arranged to be in the top floor. The rooftop garden provides outdoor space for the family to enjoy the night life in this new urban area. From the beginning till the end, the staircase – as the spine of the house lets us involve in a non-stop adventure to discover different places throughout the house.
▼金属楼梯成为连接空间的交通核心，the straight flight steel staircase acts as the spine of the house
The architecture takes advantage of two fronts, east and south. On one side which is also the main elevation, is to the sun, the other has a magnificent view to the public park of the ward. Into a consistent dialogue with the next-door landscape, large openings in the southern side are proposed to enjoy the spectacular scenery of enormous plantings from the parks, and witness the seasonally qualitative change throughout the years. The main elevation, also indicates clearly the concept of geometry, while the volumes are mostly covered by wooden louver to absorb an amount of the sun heat before coming inside the house, the rotating door system covering the second floor void, becomes the gate between the outside and inside of the house. When all the doors are opened, the nature could be invited to flow inside and later on, the outdoor feeling would be provided for the whole building. By that meaning, the natural elements are always welcomed to be one part of the house as the client’s request.
▼木制百叶窗起到遮阳和吸热的作用，the wooden louver can absorb an amount of the sun heat before coming inside the house
▼卧室窗户细节，detail of the bedroom window
We also have the practice that speculated on the idea to imitate the leaf-pattern and operate it as a decorative but still functional element. The outdoor wooden panels, which are externally arranged in checkerboard pattern to express the main concept of stacking and shifting volumes, become fruitful with the leaf-pattern carved in and through, one by one. On the other hand, the internal louvers can be rotated so as to adjust upon the sunlight. The exposed concrete floor become more interesting with the “carpet” made with the leaf-pattern terrazzo. Moreover, the furniture itself is another way to increase the variety of pattern in interior design. The brutal feeling, with this meticulous detail could somehow strongly strike the eye in aesthetic sense. This architecture offers an interpretation of a fresh new lifestyle for young families in the modern tropical city. In another way, it could be considered as the cross point of modern and natural life which can be perfectly compatible with each other.
▼室外的木板按照棋盘的样式排布，the outdoor wooden panels are arranged in checkerboard pattern
▼树叶的花纹带来优美的光影效果，the light and shadow provided by the leaf pattern
▼野性而精致的水磨石地板，the leaf-pattern terrazzo with a brutal feeling and meticulous detail
▼楼梯间的光影，leaf in stair well
▼首层及夹层平面图，ground floor and mezzanine plan
▼二层及三层平面图，first floor and second floor plan
▼四层及五层平面图，third floor and fourth floor plan
Location: District 7, Saigon, Vietnam
Project year: 2014
Architects: Shunri Nishizawa, Vu Ngoc Tam Nhi
Contractor: Trung Long Company
Supervisor: Nguyen Van Hanh
All plans, illustrations and visualisations © NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS
All photos: © Hiroyuki Oki