Take a Look at This 'Secret Garden' Inside a Sunlit Townhouse in Vietnam

The team at ROOM+ Design & Build observes that this building type has firmly established itself as the preferred residential design throughout the city.

By: THURSD. | 30-08-2023 | 3 min read
Architecture Travel
Outside facade of the Secret Garden House

The freshly built house by Vietnamese company ROOM+ Design & Build delivers a lush 'secret garden' to the congested streets of Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (translated into English as Ho Chi Minh City). If you get to stay in this house sometime in your lifetime, be ready to get tangled among the most beautiful green plants on the balcony and indoor spaces.

ROOM+ Builds a Secret Garden in a Sunlit Townhouse in Vietnam

This four-level townhouse by ROOM+ blends contemporary architecture with the timeless beauty of nature in response to the changing needs of urban living in Vietnam. While the team painstakingly optimizes the domestic space organization and incorporates verdant gardens, this home provides a one-of-a-kind sanctuary for a four-person family seeking a green oasis amidst the hectic streets.


The Secret Garden House Vietnam


The project dubbed the 'Secret Garden House', exhibits the architects' modern take on the traditional townhouse, which dates back to the late 18th century. The staff at ROOM+ Design & Build observes that this building type has firmly established itself as the preferred residential design throughout the city. While townhouses blend seamlessly into the uneven urban patchwork of cities such as the Vietnamese capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, occupants frequently experience a lack of security, privacy, daylighting, natural ventilation, and green spaces.


View of green plants from inside of the house


Getting Entangled in a Green Planty Environment

The Secret Garden House, which occupies a 95-square-meter corner site at the intersection of two alleys in - with a population of 9.3 million - Vietnam's largest city Ho Chi Minh City, is an example of adaptability. The vision of the team addressed the needs of a four-member family that desired not just modern living spaces but also gardens and an elevator to aid movement. This was accomplished through two intertwined design approaches: optimizing spatial layout to meet the needs of the site and creating a creative arrangement of lush garden spaces. So, what will you find inside the house? Keep reading to know more.


Lit Secret Garden House with greenery


A meticulously laid-out floor plan that celebrates the site's distinctive shape is at the heart of the house's design. The architects neatly organize the home's interiors while working on a rounded and irregularly shaped corner plot. The modest setback from the corner of the ground floor provided a pleasant entrance and a lush courtyard, with its elliptical verandah formed by convex curving granite steps and a concave main door.


Details of the inside part of the Vietnamese house


On the other side, the elliptical terrace on the second story is complemented by a convex curved window and planter in the master bedroom on the first level. This mix of convex and concave curves, together with recessed glass and deep planters, gives the structure a sculptural character while also providing privacy and assuring ample daylight and natural light.

More About the Charming Green Vietnamese House by ROOM+

In stark contrast to the minimalist facade, the inside of ROOM+ Secret Garden House oozes transparency and openness. Crossing the threshold reveals the eponymous garden, complete with a blossoming acerola cherry tree and a variety of vegetation. This lush sanctuary floods the core of the house with natural light and cool air, while elegant hollow-brick walls provide solitude. A hydraulic glass elevator and two internal balconies flank the secret garden defining the inside.


Person visiting the Secret Garden House


Timber flooring, beige-painted walls, and curving built-in cabinets provide a polished and lively interior ambiance. Ascending to the highest level, residents are treated with a pleasant surprise: a rooftop garden covered with several trees, plants, and flowers. These beautiful gardens, tucked in the center of the bustling metropolis, provide a tranquil haven for the residents.


ROOM designers of the green house


If you find yourself in Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, give yourself the chance to get some awesome photos with this spectacular green plant background.


Photos by Sonmeo Nguyen Art Studio.


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