The Hut – Vietnamese Home Use Light and Greenery to Create an Urban Haven

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This home takes advantage of light and shadow to create an atmospheric home. The house can be found in Thủ Đức in Vietnam, and has been built for a young couple seeking a place to relax.

The couple contacted the design firm 23o5 studio in order to make their dream home a reality. The project, dubbed The Hut, was completed in 2017.

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The house is nestled among other buildings in a developing area. However, you can really tell from the interior; most of the building’s openings either look out to a courtyard or the sky above, isolating the home despite its central location.

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The inward openings also help promote privacy in an otherwise densely populated area. Green spaces have also been introduced to help transport the occupants away from the bustling city: “The green spaces disappear due to urbanization, pose a question for us to bring the balance back.”

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The house is in many ways a fusion of traditional and modern Vietnamese design – there are elements of nature throughout mixed with the mod-cons of contemporary living: “With ideas emerging from traditional house Vietnamese spaces, combined with the modernization of the times, we bring to the owner a new mindset of space.”

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Given the house’s long narrow form, entry is provided through a single entrance door at the front. The distinction between garden and home has been blurred with grapevines and tree’s found as you progress through the space: “there is no limit between home and garden – feeling freedom.”

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Going from the front to the back, there’s a small garden with a porch that leads through to the living room. This is followed by the kitchen/dining area. A toilet is placed at the end of the kitchen, before leading through to the bedroom and a shower. The very rear of the home features another small garden space.

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For more small houses check out Retina House, a simple family retreat set among the hills of Santa Pau in Spain. Or, Bilgola Beach Pavilion, an extension to soak up the beach side views. See all small houses.

Photos © Hiroyuki Oki

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