Hanoi house inspired by sinking ship

By Minh Trang   November 15, 2021 | 08:44 am GMT+7
A house in Hanoi hides a collection of contemporary art in its ‘belly’, reminiscent of a ship sunk at sea.
The house, located on a 600-meter-square plot, has three floors and one basement. It is home to a five-member family who want to have a comfortable and convenient living space with more sunlight and room for a collection of artworks.

The house, located on a 600-meter-square plot, has three floors and a basement. It is home to a five-member family seeking a comfortable and sun-lit living space with room for an art collection.

The house is inspired by sinking ships, the more people go downstairs, the more spaces and ‘treasures’ they discover.

The house is inspired by a sinking ship - the more you descend - the more ‘treasure’ you discover.

‘Treasures’ are a collection of contemporary artwork complied by homeowners over the years.

A collection of contemporary artwork complied by homeowners over the years.

Art and culture are treasure; we must love and learn to discover them instead of touching them easily, said Tran Le Quoc Binh, architect of the house.

"Art and culture are treasures; we must love and learn to discover them instead of simply touching them," said Tran Le Quoc Binh, the architect.

The house’s highlight is Specula by Oanh Phi Phi. This artwork is a 7.2 x 2.4-meter tunnel covered in lacquer, allowing people to view it from the inside.

The house’s highlight is "Specula" by Oanh Phi Phi. This artwork is a 7.2 x 2.4-meter tunnel covered in lacquer, allowing people to view it from the inside.

Paintings by painter Ha Manh Thang are hung over the walls.

Paintings by Ha Manh Thang are hung on the walls.

Glass windows allow sunlight to enter the house, while shapes and lines soften the space.

Glass windows allow sunlight to enter the house, while shapes and lines soften the space.

While painted wall combined with dark colors of furniture give the house a minimalist look.

White painted walls combined with dark furniture lend the house a minimalist look.

The staircase handrail is made of iron, with white and brown colors, reminding people of a ship.  Time is a companion of art, said Binh.

The staircase handrail is made of iron, with white and brown colors, reminding people of a ship.
"Time is a companion of art," said Binh.

Artworks are also placed in many other rooms. For example, an artwork by Pham Tuan Tu is used as a divider between two rooms.

Artworks are also placed in many other rooms. For example, an artwork by Pham Tuan Tu is used as a divider between two spaces.

The house is finished in 2020, after 16 months of construction.

The house was finished in 2020, after 16 months of construction.

Photos by Do Sy

 
 
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