Unlike Hà Nội where most new houses have a very historicist decorative design,
the new houses in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) are more modernist if not just utilitarian. And while the houses in Hà Nội are most often painted ochre or vermillion, there is a much greater use of other colors in HCMC. As in Hà Nội, most houses are "tube houses" in that they are very narrow but very long. Although I haven't confirmed this yet, it is said that these lots are narrow because property taxes are based on the width of the lot at the street line. In HCMC, I guess (without confirmation yet) that many of the new houses are designed by young architects trying out new ideas, and this is very good to see. This in contrast to the usual utilitarian modernist larger buildings in HCMC. These pictures can be viewed by clicking on the first or top picture in the album and then click "next" on each photo to proceed though the album in slide show fashion.
Back to a series focusing on individual modernist houses in Ho Chi Minh City.
This house is an interesting experiment in warping the usual rectilinear frame of Vietnamese modernist houses.
Vietnamese architects spend time reviewing site lines to make sure that design elements beyond the facade work well in the composition -- in this case the roof terrace trellis is an integral part of the warping of lines and fits right in, taking the eye back from the facade.
As is usual in Vietnamese houses, the ground floor facade has nothing to do with the design above. Ground floor facades are strictly commercial, and this one will eventually be covered with a commercial treatment that fits it particular use. When the typical Vietnamese house is only 4 meters wide (13.1 feet), there is no room for a separate entry to the house. These houses are typically entered through the commercial store to a stairway in the back.