Residential ArchitectureHousesCreative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (1)1

Project: Vegan House with Creative Colour Blocking Façade
Architects: Block Architects
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Architect in Charge: Duc Hoa Dang
Area: 60.0 sqm
Photographs: Quang Tran

Block Architects have renovated Vegan House, an old rundown building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The architects have used secondhand windows to make a creative colour blocking façade.

This house was in an old terrace next to an apartment built in 1965. The owner works in travel and tourism, he once rented the house and planned to renovate it into a cultural place. It is on this spot that people meet up, share and cook Vietnamese traditional food, especially vegan one. They may also stay in during their time in Vietnam.

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (2)

The owner has hoarded up all the abandoned old things from his friends before brought about the project. They were every kind of furniture such as table, chair, wardrobe, window and lampshade. With a tight budget, the architect wanted to exploit these old things with available ones and new ones to create a fresher place which still keeps traditional values of the former house.

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (3)

The old windows were used as the main material to create a distinctive appearance. These windows have been used in Vietnam for a long time because of its ventilation. They are now rearranged into a new facade with different colors and cover the old facade, wrap it up to the rooftop and create a special attraction, as well as harmonizing with the ancientness of entire area. Some open windows on the roof provide the trees beneath with space and natural light. This symbolizes growth, hopes for the future and goodness from traditional bedrock.

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (4)

These windows also turn up inside the house as light partitions, separate and decorate space. On the ground floor, there are long curved kitchen cupboards go through the house. The big kitchen at the front is where people cook, talk and enjoy their cooking together in a dining room behind. Garden and an old staircase to the first floor are among these spaces. On the first floor, there is a bedroom at the front and a place to relax or work. A new steel staircase was built beside the atrium to the second floor, which used to be an unused roof.

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (6)

A bedroom was additionally made of old available steel sheeting, which lies beneath the roof system a short distance to prevent the heat from affecting inside. From this room to the front, there is a garden for drinking tea and looking at night sky through lit in the window. Two toilets were also designed for these bedrooms. A small atrium was placed at the end for cross-room ventilation, it also provides beneath toilets with natural light. The material of walls and floors was preserved. Unrefined cement surfaces, jalousie windows and bamboo wattle on the ceiling create both a modern and ancient place and revive Vietnamese architecture in the 60’s and 70’s.

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (7)

The architect aspired to create a new place for newcomers from many different cultures. On the basis of rearranging old things in a new way, both the old things and the new ones can exist together and support each other. As time goes by, people here will give new vitality and new soul to this house.

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (9)

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (11)

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (13)

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (16)

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (18)

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (20)

Creative Colour Blocking Façade Made with Secondhand Windows (1)

Silvernails House Inspired by Historic Barns of the Hudson River Valley

Conceptually the Silvernails house design evolved from the architect's research into three historic archetypes : the New World Dutch, 3 Bay English and New England Barns, all built throughout the area during the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Telescope Suite by Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect

Telescope Suite is a project located in the Little Italy neighbourhood of Toronto in the lower level unit of a semi-detached Victorian house.

Practical Family Home Offering Panoramic Views of the Sydney Harbour

The brief was to create a practical family home that captures the panoramic views of the Harbour and provide a warm and relaxed atmosphere with plenty of light and generous amenity.

Berlin Bar, Moscow / Thilo Reich Architectural Design

Invited by gastronomes to design a Berlin Bar in Moscow, Berlin-based architect Thilo Reich—a fixture in designing gastronomical spaces—proposes a radical yet poetic translation. His concept transfers the public space of Berlin into an interior space of Moscow.

Paul’s Place by The Stylesmiths

Paul's Place was completed the beginning of 2020, perfect for COVID lockdown - An ideal time to adore and revel in his new home, moulded to be “distinctly mine, shoes off and feet up, ready to relax, entertain or be creative.”

Related Articles