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Tiam // Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

Hue, Vietnam

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Located near the crossroad in the center of Hue city, Tiam was renovated from an 18-year-old house, which was in really bad condition. With gross built area of only 35 m2, this is the living space for a three-generation family of seven members. Spending time talking and understanding the essential needs of the owner, we design Tiam in a way to give better standard of living along with valuable experiences for each and all members in the house.

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

It has three floors, one attic, balcony and terrace. The first floor is for the cafe, which is run by the owner, and the rest of the building is for living.

The vertical louvers and glass wall covering the house is like a vague partition between “in and out”, bring people inside the house closer to nature and to other people in the streets.

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

The louvers not only help reducing heat radiation but also create light effect and geometrical rhythm, which enhance people’s feelings everytime watching, both from inside and outside.

The effective solution for such limited built area is to design the interior as minimal as possible, and to create continuous and open spaces.

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

We create functional zones and place objects in order to bring members in family closer to each other, but still be able to have their private spaces if necessary. The old and ineffective spiral staircase has been replaced by the straight one, which helps optimize spaces and achieve better circulation.

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

Furniture in the house mostly made of bamboo, which is a sustainable and environment-friendly material. It owns some outstanding characteristics that are suitable for using in extreme climate in Hue.The cafe on first floor was designed with the same elements and materials like the rest of the house. Long curved tables, slim and transparent chairs placing in such a minimal and monochrom space make all other colorful objects noticeable.

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

Moreover, the appearance of people drinking and chatting in the cafe make it a lively and beautiful scene. Plant pots of different sizes are found in every corner of the building. Plant pots on the louvers, balcony, terrace and inside the house create calm and pleasant atmosphere. Although Tiam is located near a crowded crossroad, all family members still feel close to nature and have such a peaceful living space.
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© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

© Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates

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