NKAA stacks a café and 3-generation family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam

NKAA stacks a café and 3-generation family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam

nguyen khai architects & associates (NKAA) has completed the renovation of an 18-year-old house in the center of hue in vietnam. with the need to accommodate a three-generation family on a modest footprint of 376.74 ft2 (35 m2), the design team decided to utilize vertical space. the final ‘tiam’ café and dwelling spans three floors and an attic level.   

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

images by quang dam

 

 

for the project, NKAA wanted to give the family a better standard of living with valuable spatial experiences for each of the seven members of the household. a café is located on the first floor and the family home is organized on the remaining upper floors. 

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

 

 

the façade of tiam is wrapped in a double skin of glass and vertical louvers. this elevational treatment endows the building with a certain transparency, which blurs the line between inside and outside, home and streetscape. the louvers give the façade a geometrical rhythm while also functioning to reduce heat gain from hue’s extreme climate. 

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

 

 

with limited floor area, NKAA optimized the interiors by keeping them light, bright and open. the design team created functional zones and positioned objects in order to bring family members closer together, while, importantly, still maintaining private spaces.

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

 

 

to optimize vertical circulation, the old spiral staircase has been replaced by a straight one. furniture throughout the house is mostly made of bamboo, an environment-friendly material. among the white surfaces and bamboo furniture, plant pots of different sizes populate the building. from the terrace to the kitchen, these pops of greenery help create a tranquil environment, one which feels a million miles from the busy crossroads below. 

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

 

 

the café is designed with the same materials as the rest of the house. long curved tables and slim, elegant chairs are placed in a minimal and monochrome space to make all other colorful objects pop. moreover, the view of people drinking and chatting in the café make it a lively and beautiful scene in the center of hue.

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

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NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

NKAA stacks a café and family home onto a corner site in hue, vietnam designboom

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project info:

 

project name: tiam
location: hue, vietnam
architecture firm: nguyen khai architects & associates (NKAA)
lead architect: nguyen quang khai
design team: nguyen quang khai, tran yen chau

 

completion year: 2020
site area: 376.74 ft2 (35 m2)
project area: 1,614.59 ft2 (150 m2)

 

drawings: NKAA
photography: quang dam

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