AM House is a project designed by Nguyen Huu Duy, Nguyen Duy, Bui The Long (AmDesign Architects, Time Architects, CTA | Creative Architects) in 2017, covers an area of 184m2 and is located in Can Giuoc, Long An Province. Photography by Hiroyuki Oki
The project is a product of 3 young architects (now with 3 studios). The garden house is built on a 3,500 sq. m of land in Can Giuoc, Long An province. It takes 45 minutes driving from District 7, Ho Chi Minh city. The owner is living in an apartment in District 7. He is a marketing director for a large corporation. He copes with stress and under pressure at work all the time. Therefore, he always wants to have a peaceful and joyful place where he can put the worries of the world away to find out peace of mind, cultivate harmony and regenerate energy.
The building is designed with 5 separate blocks that is arranged randomly under a big thatched roof and right next to a lake. Using splitting blocks that creates diverse views from both inside and outside of the building. Furthermore, it provides natural ventilation and natural day lighting to every space.
The sheet steel roofing system is covered by a thatched roofing system that is a signature architecture of Southwest Vietnam. It creates an eco-friendly and intimate feature that helps the building integrated into nature. Under the sheet steel roofing system, there is a ceiling system with wooden finishing material. Because of 03 layouts of roofing system, the building can reduce heat and keep indoor temperature lower than outdoor by itself. The wooden ceiling system is painted as the same color as the wood-lined concrete wall. Similar to the floor, we created similar color as the wood-lined concrete wall color (the handmade woodgrain concrete boards) . And without using tile flooring, we used grinding concrete floor to reduce the costs and make people feel comfortable while walking on the floor. The similarity of color and surface texture of all elements in the house that creates a quiet and peaceful space that harmonizes with its surrounding landscape.
Along with the roofing system, there is a slot to get more day light for the area in the middle of the house. Besides, thanks to that slot, people can feel and be aware of the movement of the sun throughout a day.
The large lake is designed as the same code as the floor that border along both sides of the house. That feature is an eco-friendly element of landscape design and reduce heat for the house during hot summer day.
Based on the idea of the origin, in the building, we used a combination of solutions against heat, nature ventilation, contrast and unity of color, senses of material and architecture strategy to incorporate nature into the daily life. Am House has been defined as a peaceful, joyful and freedom place where clients can put the worries of the world away to find out peace of mind, cultivate harmony and regenerate energy in every weekend.