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DIST.4 HOUSE: a housing renovation project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Mamoru Maeda / SEMBA VIETNAM

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Architecture firm:
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
DeconPhotoStudio (Hiroyuki Oki)
Principal architect:
Mamoru Maeda
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Built area:
260 m²
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Tools used:
Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom
Concrete, Glass, Wood
Residential › House

The Ho Chi Minh City-based architecture firm SEMBA VIETNAM led by Mamoru Maeda has recently completed renovation of a three-story house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Architect's statement: Sunlight and wind create family ties

The division of Vietnamese cities is characterized by a very narrow frontage and a long depth, and adjacent buildings are connected. The same applies to this property, which is a three-story building with a frontage of 4m and a depth of 18m. This is a project to completely renovate a house built by the owner about 25 years ago.

Reason for Concept・・・Why?

Before the remodeling, there was an opening only on the road side. Therefore, the inside was very dark. It was dark and poorly breathable, so I thought I couldn't live a very comfortable life. And this house is a family of four, an owner, a mother, an aunt, and a son. Also, my mother and aunt are already around 85 years old. So, the owner's hope is [I want my mother and aunt to enjoy the rest of their lives here! I thought. I planned this project thinking, "I want to make that wish come true!"

before and after house renovationBefore and after 

What to do?

I thought about making it a house where you can always feel the connection. I thought that "I can always see, hear, and feel the same thing", that is, "I can always feel each other's existence" gives my mother and aunt a sense of security and leads to a happy life.

How to do?

By connecting the buildings from the 1st floor to the 3rd floor as one space, I thought that I could always feel the family. I thought that the atrium improves breathability both physically and mentally and connects fresh air with a happy heart. Also, I thought that when the sunlight from the sky entered, the brightness and openness would come out.

 image © DeconPhotoStudio (Hiroyuki Oki)


I thought that one atrium would create a family bond. Vietnam is still strongly influenced by Feng Shui's remarks, so I made many plans and started over. In addition, I was skeptical about the structural reinforcement method and held many meetings with the construction company. It was a very difficult project. However, when it was completed, I was saved by having the owner's family say "I asked you for this project and it was the correct answer ".

Design is a job that involves people. I will continue to do my best so that I can continue to meet the expectations of our customers!


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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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