faced with the considerable task of redesigning and renovating an old house that sits on a small vietnamese alleyway, kientruc o architects transformed the forgotten structure into the multi-functional ‘T house.’ the interior combines the public space of a neighborhood restaurant with the privacy of a family home — located on the upper floors. the ‘refreshed’ design will change how the residents perceive and interact with the space around them. 

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kientruc o architects completed the project in 2017
all images by hiroyuki oki | courtesy of kientruc o architects



kientruc o’s unconventional design of the home in vietnam’s ho chi minh city deviates from a typical dwelling by bringing a business entity within the walls of the home. ‘our focus when shaping this space is to create an environment that provoke emotional interactions with the architecture,’ describe the architects. ‘it is expressed in a continuous reel of functional relationship between spaces that are stringed together from inside the house to the alley and back. this is a kind of architectural newness that set us apart from our typical design method.’

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the house and restaurant combo sits on a small alley that branches off a major street

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the interior needed to maintain the privacy of a home without blocking the restaurant from the exterior

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the white-washed interior allows for the exterior and interior vegetation to resonate as part of the structure

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the dark wood furniture contrasts against the white, sleek interior

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this is not your traditional home — somehow it seamlessly combines work and residence

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the glass screen creates enough of a barrier between the interior spaces and public street corner

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at night, the structure illuminates the corner on which it sits

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the interior provides a relaxed dining experience 

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when dining there is no indication that you are within the confines of someone’s home

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additional vegetation encircles the outdoor patio seating





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