Ethnic Vietnamese, French features intertwine in Lam Dong house

By Minh Trang   April 26, 2021 | 05:01 pm GMT+7
A couple in Lam Dong Province drew inspiration from Central Highlands communal housing and the French-built college in Da Lat Town to design their bespoke family home.
On a 147-meter-square plot in Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands, a young couple wants to have a house with distinctive style at an affordable price.Living in Da Lat before, they decided to take inspiration from the structure of Pedagogical College of Da Lat, which was built from 1926 to 1935 by French architect Moncet, and the communal house of ethnic minorities in the area.

On a 147-meter-square plot in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, a young couple aimed to construct a house with a distinctive style. They took inspiration from the Pedagogical College of Da Lat, built from 1926 to 1935 by French architect Paul Moncet, and communal housing popular among local ethnic minorities.

The facade with red bricks reminds homeowners of the Pedagogical College of Da Lat, while the big roof is similar to that of the communal house of ethnic minorities.The communal houses (rong in Vietnamese) on stilts with their distinct high, tapering roof are built using natural materials like wood, bamboo and leaves. The communal house is the heart of a village.

While the face-brick facade is reminiscent of the Pedagogical College, the distinctly high, tapering roof denotes ethnic communal stilt houses (rong in Vietnamese), built using natural materials like wood, bamboo and leaves. These communal houses typically serve as the "heart" of a village.

A lot of gap on the walls allows air and light to enter the house.

Gaps in the walls allow for plenty of fresh air and light to enter the house.

Minimalist furniture in the living room.

Minimalist furniture decorates the living room.

Architects take advantage of the natural light by designing a lot of glass doors and windows.

Architects took advantage of the ample natural light to add an array of glass doors and windows.

Green corners allow plants to take sunlight in the skylight.

Skylights allow indoor plants to soak up the sun.

Glass walls allow homeowners to see each other easily.

Glass railings erase the spatial barrier to create an open, inclusive atmosphere.

White paint and red bricks give the house an distinctive look.

White walls and brick create an earthy, modern contrast.

Photos by Paul Phan.

 
 
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