Gia Lai House

Gia Lai House




Private House


Gia Lai, Vietnam



Principal Architect:

Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki , Shunri Nishizawa

Design team:

Phan Chau Trinh




Hiroyuki Oki

This is a residential house located in Gialai city, central Vietnam. The site is 7-meters wide and 40-meters deep, and is one of the typical lots for "tube house", a traditional typology for residences in the province. 

In this house, the long corridor, which is an unavoidable factor for tube houses to connect bedrooms, is transformed into a continuous and sequential space to serve the functions of living and dining spaces, as well as an "outdoor living" space.
The continuous space has various relationships with exterior spaces such as a triangular courtyard with greenery and a front yard as a garage, and its width and height vary place to place, giving the residents different experiences among spaces. 

The two-story outdoor living space is illuminated by a skylight filtered by louvers.
The skylight and louvers were carefully designed to reduce the heat gain sunshine and to encourage the natural ventilation by chimney effect, providing natural light and fresh air to the surrounding rooms in a similar way to the courtyard.

The wall of the continuous space was finished by 4-meter-long granite stones, which were quarried out in Gialai city, functioning as a reflector of the light side and above.