Not many of us have the luxury of an ‘unrestricted budget’ and for 7A architecture studio which shaped the in Dak Lak Province Vietnam building costs were one of the guiding forces behind the design of this lovely family residence. With low construction costs and low-skilled local workers to deal with this ingenious house is all about maximizing both space and resources!
The lower-level living area of the house seems a lot larger than it really is as it flows into the outdoor social zone that is surrounded by a blanket of greenery. On the inside one sees a neutral color scheme with skylights and large windows bringing in an abundance of sunlight adding to the cheerful ambiance. A sculptural staircase that leads to the top floor is surrounded by a wall of books with the vertical space on offer being utilized completely.
Increasing the living space of the original cottage structure that was set back from the street Nick Deaver Architect designed a new addition that creates a smart indoor-outdoor interplay with a series of exterior terraces.
A cloak of natural greenery surrounds the cottage and gives ample privacy to those spending their time enjoying the sunny afternoons and cool evenings on the terraces. The use of large glass walls for the living and dining rooms along with sliding glass doors provides one large ‘party zone’ where friends and family can gather in peace.
On the lower level of the house one finds the living area along with the kitchen dining space and a Zen-style nook next to the staircase that also holds an indoor tree. Additional bedrooms and storage spaces make up the rear part of the ground floor with the first floor holding the master bedroom and study.
It is a delicate balance between openness and privacy that is achieved with these masterfully crafted screens with the raw concrete next to it adding another interesting textural and visual element. On the inside one sees an open plan living area on the lowest level that flows into the timber deck and pool area outside.
This fun-filled and colorful Belgium definitely fits this billing as its rich industrial past is combined with eclectic and vibrant modern flair that puts a smile on your face. Nestled in a 50s building the dwelling was revamped and designed by Studio Job to reflect the vivacious personality of its homeowners.