Thatched Vietnamese House is Filled with Monastic Vibes
There's something about thatched roofs and garden ponds that appeals to me. Maybe it's because the thatch reminds me of traditional Irish thatched cottages and the pond reminds me of... water? We see a lot of water in Ireland.
While I may associate thatching with my own roots, it was (and is) commonly used in many places around the world, in both temperate and tropical climates. This particular property can be found in Vietnam.
The project has been titled "Am House" by its creators, AmDesign Architectures, Creative Architects, and Time Architects. Why three firms? Because, darling, one architecture firm is never enough. There's probably a good reason, but I don't know it.
Just looking at the pictures of this house - especially from the outside - fills me with a sense of tranquility. The indoor/outdoor living spaces, sheltered by a cantilevered thatched roof, and surrounded by a pond filled with gold fish is something to behold.
I can picture myself on that deck. Chilling out on a warm Vietnamese night. Having an ice cold beer. Casually tossing my empties into the pond. And later, after a substantial amount of alcohol has entered my blood stream, feeding the pond's flora with my nitrogran-rich urine. Ahhhh... this is the life, I'll say to myself. At the end of a night's boozing, I'll proceed to try and close the million and one folding doors without falling into the pond. It'll be a challenge but... hold my beer.
Fantasies aside, there are two aspects to this house. The outward looking, and the inward looking. The outward-looking spaces largely open up to the exterior and its lush surroundings. The inward-looking spaces still feature views of the outside world, but they're much more curated, capturing a specific portion of the scenery.
Light is carefully thought about throughout the home. The vaulted, cathedral ceiling gives way to a single strip of light at its apex. A thin slither of the sky is visible. It all creates a very monastic atmosphere.
There's loads to like about this project. The rough finishes, the dark moody interiors, the minimal furnishings, the lush surroundings. I could go on, but you get the picture. There's also aspects of the construction to take into account, such as passive design technics (ventilation in particular), the use of locally available materials, and craftsmen/women.
If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be LUSH.
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