Pi House / D&P Associates
Romain Duval, Tuan Pham
Text description provided by the architects. FVA named this interesting housing project π House because the whole house looks like Pi Archimedes constant in geometry from a distance. And the biggest inspiration to make the house is Pise Wall. The design concept was inspired by the owner of the house – a French gentleman who has been living and working in Vietnam for almost 30 years. He has a deep love and a great passion for Vietnamese traditional art and culture. The house is a beautiful combination of modern western architecture and the traditional beauty of Vietnam as desired by the owner.
The House is inspired by Trinh Tuong House (Pise Wall), a unique architectural identity of ethnic groups: Mong, Ha Nhi, Tay, Dao Tien, … living in northern mountainous provinces of Vietnam (HaGiang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Lang Son, Cao Bang,…). The piss wall is built entirely by hand by compacting soil to be an even, flat cubical shape, non-steel frame, but very safe and stable. This ancient construction technique created the walls with an attractive appearance in the typical earth red color. Every inch of the wall is covered by hand with colored plaster with great effort to reproduce the color of the Pise wall.
Rustic brick – a similarity between traditional Vietnamese and French architecture is used to bring a sense of coziness and harmony to art decorations. By creating a new arrangement of rustic bricks, we brought a modern, elegant and luxurious beauty to the interior of the house. The House is on the Red River’s side, which has many historical and cultural values. The river has seen and contributed to the thousands of years of history of formation and development of the capital: Thang Long – Dong Do – Hanoi.
Taking advantage of the excellent location overlooking the Red River and Long Bien Bridge, the house was designed with very large transparent glass windows in French modern architecture, which filled the house with natural light during the day and airy at night. Homeowners can enjoy an unobstructed view of the Red River when surrounded by a cool natural landscape. The ground floor is designed to be a relaxing space for the home owner with a swimming pool at the front. The 1st floor is an area for joint family activities and receiving guests. The 2nd floor is the private space for each family member.
The artistic ornaments are spread throughout the rooms on the 1st floor. The interiors with colorful accents make the space look lively and attractive. The void area from the 1st to the 2nd floor and the wonderful view of the waterfront gives the feeling of spaciousness and generosity.