Bat Trang House



This house is a place that embraces the hope and dream of the client. It’s the place for business where family’s traditional products are sold. It’s also the place for living of his entire 7 family members, and for gathering friends and relatives to enjoy all kinds of activities together, such as cooking, enjoying nature, playing etc.

The house is situated in a traditional craft village, at a three-way extremely busy intersection with houses close to each other and almost no space for nature. With the construction area of 740 m2, and a wide arrays of requirements from the client, the architect takes advantage of every alternate space between the functional blocks so that nature can be integrated and be present in the client’s everyday life activities. This does not only make people interact more with nature, but also help the microclimate and release the frustration in large functional spaces.

The inner space comprises the function blocks that are stacked on each other; each floor is rotated to an appropriate angle to create a space for air circulation, sun light and plant landscape trees.

In the context of the current fast-paced urbanization of Hanoi’s craft villages, dense construction, lack of space for greenery, the architecture of the house is truly an interesting and important touch to the urban landscape that leads to a healthy development of innovative architecture in Vietnam.

Using a 2-layer vertical facade system in the middle of which is small gardens, the architects have utilized an effective approach to architecture. While in the inside the house is a space for residential space, the façade needs to attract clients for the business purpose. Fortunately, the project is located in a famous pottery crafting village of Vietnam, and is also a client’s heirloom occupation. The façade is composed of 4098 local handmade bricks. Bricks are arranged into walls surrounding the building; the outside walls have large and small squares alternating. This outer shell plays a vital role in protecting the house from dust and dirt, creating a private space for the family's living rooms, and also serving as an interesting architectural highlight for the local area.

Architect Firm: VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
Principal Architect: Vo Trong Nghia
Design Team: Ngo Thuy Duong, Nguyen Van An, Do Huu Tam, Pham Phuong Thao
Status: Under Construction
Program: House
Location: Bat Trang, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Site Area: 220 m2
GFA: 740 m2
Courtesy of image: VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)