Hanoi, Vietnam

Site Size: 840 square feet

Project Size: 4,000 square feet

Program: The clients desired a live-work space for their five-story, single-family townhouse in Hanoi, Vietnam. Each floor has a specific function: the ground level is for parking, the second level is an office, the third level has living and dining areas, and the fourth and fifth floors are devoted to bedrooms. To maximize privacy, the office has a separate entrance and staircase.

Solution: The building, made of cast-in-place reinforced concrete, is edged with recessed terraces clad in operable wood screens for privacy and added security. Behind the screens, operable glass windows and doors help modulate interior temperatures. A concrete and brick light well adjoining the stair provides additional natural ventilation and light.

DA & A architects
63/68 Nguy Nhu Kon Tum
Thanh Xuan, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84. 0934267237


Owner: Withheld

Completion Date: January, 2011

Gross square footage: 4000 square feet

Total construction cost: 100,000.00 US dollars

DA & A architects
63/68 Nguy Nhu Kon Tum
Thanh Xuan, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84. 0934267237

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Registered architects: Nguyen thi Hong Anh, Bui Vi Duong

Engineer(s): Nguyen Anh Tuan – Frame Structure

General contractor: DA&A architects and construction workers

Le Anh Duc - +84. 0983446899
Do Xuan Truong – DA & A architects

Renderer(s): DA&A architects

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Autodesk Autocad 2008, Adobe Photoshop



Structural system
Cast in place reinforced concrete frame

Exterior cladding
Custom wood slat screens and wood glass wall

Built-up roofing: Precast concrete, weather barrier, reflective surface, and selected intensive green roof

Wood frame

Glass: laminated glazing

Skylights: laminated glass on steel frame

Entrances: custom design wood door

Wood doors: Shorea wood

Sliding doors: Shorea wood and laminated glazing

Locksets: Viet Nhat lock and Hafele lock

Pulls: Viet Nhat

Other special hardware: custom made fold and slide window hardware

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Custom design and local made woodwork

Paints and stains: Dulux ICI for interior and Kova for exterior

Floor and wall tile: Vietnamese natural stone for bathrooms and ground floor

Raised flooring: wood floor

Office furniture: Hoa phat office furniture

Reception furniture: Custom made

Chairs: Custom made

Tables: Custom made

Upholstery: Malchake

Interior ambient lighting: Eglo

Downlights: Eglo and NVC

Task lighting: Eglo and Tolomeo lamp

Exterior: NVC

Dimming System or other lighting controls: Sino electric, Vietnam


Solar water heater