Location: District 4, HCMC, Vietnam.
Design team: Đoàn Sĩ Nguyên, Lê Đình Mạnh, Huỳnh Huy Tiến, Nguyễn Ngọc Minh Quang.
Construction: Phuc Nguyen Co; ltd.
Photographs: To Thi.
Located in a small alley of District 4, Saigon, Fonglan is the latest house renovating project of Sawadeesign team. With an area of less than 40m2, we aimed to offer a fully functional and logical space for the construction. Utilizing the entire old furniture that the homeowner has collected, we decided that the aesthetics of the house should be the combination of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, between tradition and modernity.
The new design of the construction has provided better natural illumination and ventilation by optimizing the use of natural light above the staircase and from the awning windows system on the facade. The renovating solution has eliminated the darkness and uncomfortableness of the previous condition.
We also tried to create as much space for greenery as possible, which satisfies the homeowner’s hobby of taking care of plants. The roof can be used as a second home, where he can enjoy his pleasure of gardening after a stressful working day.
Fonglan house is a small highlight, a small difference and a little story that has been told in the alley of town houses.