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Olwen House

Olwen House

OLWEN HOUSE is a residential project situated in a tightly-knit neighborhood in Da Nang, central Vietnam. The brief is to pact a showroom, retail space, makeup and workspace for the photography studio all within a 75-sqm land plot in a low-rise residential area surrounded by „blockhouses“ and approached by a narrow 2.5-meter alley.

Due to the rapid urbanization of Da Nang, the existing condition of the site is lacking of trees and greenery. This results in heating of interior spaces and air pollution. Besides, technology development leads to a lack of interaction between family members. They become passive and be addicted to social media sites. Consequently, their quality of life is decreased and they start getting issues about mental health. Understanding the expectation in having a better lifestyle of owners, D1 would like to design a house which is not a place to stay and store things, but it should be a warm and comfortable space for family members to gather and develop family intimacy.

Inspired from the lifestyle and traditional structure of an ancient house in Central Vietnam, D1 proposes a vertically stacked, multi-floors for multi-functions structure. This results in a uniquely holistic solution that invites and allows for seamless integration between multi-generational family members, between concrete and nature, and between the building’s past life and its more lively present.

Each floor has its own function: The first and second floor are for workspace combined with a showroom for wedding dresses. The third floor is a gathering space for the whole family. A staircase is installed outside, creating a disruption of movement, separating the working and showroom space, with the living space of the family. Space is designed to avoid feeling cramped while guaranteeing privacy.

Elements of nature are added to ensure for tree viewing, birds chirping listening and sunshine seeing, and breezy feeling every morning. Via Olwen House, D1 also wants to raise awareness on a new philosophical approach to modern day’s dwelling in Vietnam for contemporary investors: an approach that adapts creatively to our highly-urbanized cities with lessons learned from our rich past.











Olwen House

  • Da Nang
  • Vietnam
Completion: 2018
Used materials
  • Wood

Type of Building

Architect Office