A Da Lat house has two fronts, no back portion

By Thai Binh, Hiruyuki Oki   July 22, 2019 | 03:15 pm GMT+7

A Da Lat house straddles two streets with a complex design featuring six sides, no perpendicular angle and two facades.

A Da Lat house has two fronts, no back portion

The three-storied house in the Central Highlands town of Da Lat has a design which gives it two facades and no rear. The original house was with a family for years, but a son who returned to Da Lat after studying and working for sometime in Saigon decided to rebuild the house last year.

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The owner wanted a house with a lot of light, not too retro, but fitting Da Lat architecture with its strong French colonial influences.

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The first facade looks like a vintage luxury French villa with a white sparse fence and a wooden net that covers the front of the top floor.

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The second facade, facing a residential area, wears a more casual look with bright walls and moderately small wooden windows behind the balcony and the gate.

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The complex design of the house, which has a total area of 310 square meters, gives it six sides with no perpendicular angle.

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The central space connects the functional rooms.

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The void between floors provides great views of the valleys in Da Lat.

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Just like the house design, the interior is a blend of the traditional and modern designs with wooden furniture and leather sofas.

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The house has a fair share of doors and windows to allow plenty of natural light, as the owner wanted.

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Each room and each corner has windows of different shapes and proportions.

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The house continues to allow light to come in through openings in many places including the stairs.

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The exterior of the house is paved with raw stone and hemp paint to absorb the light. It also has sloping roofs and thick double layered walls, using a variety of wood types for flooring and furniture to suit local climatic conditions.

 
 
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