A Multiple Veranda 2Hien House | CTA – Creative Architects
In the memories of many people, the veranda is not only a transition space between inside and outside of the house, a cover from the sunlight, rain, catching the cool breeze but also a place where children sit and wait for their grandmother’s cakes coming back from the market, where mothers pick up vegetables or the family gather to pack cakes for Tet holiday in Vietnam.
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In this house in Tay Ninh, apart from two awnings arranged at the front and back of the house, there are also two other verandas inside the house, surrounded by old fish-scale tiles re-used from the old house, creating emotions for this particular space.
This is a house for two generations. The house owner couple gets the same passion for nature, love the simple and rustic things, especially the husband is also an artistic and romantic person. They have two lovely little girls who are very afraid of ghosts and always want to be close to their parents. Besides, there are many old fish scale tiles kept by the family from their old dismantled house. The concern about a long narrow house and everyone in the house being separated was shared by the owner.
It was proposed as a two-story house, which took up less than half of the land area. The rest of the land is used for gardening in front and back of the house, which is both landscape and space for friends gathering, where the husband takes care of trees, his wife grows vegetables, and children play. The garden provides the natural wind and light for the house in an urban area where concrete buildings keep growing.
The separation of the building blocks ensures ventilation, maximizing the use of natural light for all spaces, limiting energy for lighting and cooling. The two-verandas space inside the house is commonplace for the family to connect members, making it easy for everyone to see each other. This is a place where the family dines together, where the children study, dad lies in the hammock, mom relaxes, reads books, or cooks. The lowered eaves, enveloping the learning space of two children, creating a space with a warm and safe feeling but still airy and flexible.
In terms of materials, the house was built mainly by red common bricks and old fish scale tiles, which are close to nature, bring a distinctive feel and suitable with the spirit of the building. Raw brick, without cement plastering, has been treated to bring a warm, simple feeling but still create a strong emotion, ensuring aesthetics and hygiene for use.
In addition to determining enough demand for construction, the use of raw brick walls also reduces the cost of wall finishing or annual maintenance costs for cracking, painting, and repairing walls. The recycled old fish-scale tile has brought a color of time, giving us a sense of rustic and intimacy that the new tile color can hardly provide. The fish-scale tile system encompasses four verandas inside and outside the house, creating a shape in harmony with use. All create their own “equanimous veranda”, a peaceful place that keeps all family memories.
Designed by: CTA – Creative Architects
Project: 2Hien House
Project Type: Residential
Year of Completion: 2020
Area: 75 sq.mt.
Location: Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Lead Architect: Bui The Long
Photography: Hiroyuki Oki