The architects were given the assignment to design a house for a family of four on just 30sqm of land that’s tucked away in a small alley in Hoang Mai, Hanoi. This projects was named: Maison Q. This house has all the common characteristics of a typical townhouse in Hanoi, which usually are located in difficult to spot alleyways or Ngõ/Hẻm. As a matter of a fact, these type of houses are usually long and narrow which sits next to one another so the living conditions might not be ideal for family this size.
With this house, our architects have analyzed and came up with solutions that help overcome the drawbacks of this type of housing. Despite being small in size, this house still filled with natural light, wind and internal green spaces. Its structure optimized the inter-connected space to create small green gardens inside that filled with sunlight. Room blocks and traffic blocks are interwoven and linked by traffic transition solutions. Different spaces are continuously open and close both vertically and horizontally throughout the whole building.
With a new and bold architectural approach, the façade was designed to challenge the norm, it is look like a contemporary sculpture, making a bold statement by combining concrete and steel to create strong contrast between material and between straight and curve lines.
This house faces the west, the mesh skin is shaped to tilt out toward the alley, which helps blocking the direct sunlight but also create a layer to ensure the privacy of the residence.
The architects decided to design a beveled façade to create a skylight and also widen the space for the veranda, which brings more light to the front yard.
This house seems to be small from the outside but it actually able to fulfill all of its owner’s needs and also enhance their living condition.