The Memory

Year: 2O15

Location: Tân An - Thủ Dầu Một - BÌnh Dương

Area: 6m x 20m

“The Memory” is an architectural project that is designed for a family of 3 generations – One of the specific characteristics of the Vietnamese - cultural tradition is having the grandparents, the parents and the children all living together in the same house.The spatial structure of this project requires a solution to solve basis daily issues that could arise between 2 young families and an elderly. In addition, the relation, the correlation and the collision occur when there is no syntony in the lifestyles of the 3 generations is also a big challenge. In order to solve this problem, we consciously design a big house with 2 smaller private houses inside but they have the common front yard as well as back yard; at the end, all of the structures come together as one block . In addition, one focus point of this project which we want to retain is the old tiled roof which was built by the grandfather himself about 50 years ago before the new house was constructed. This roof is the center and also the transitional space, it is seen as the soul of the overall structure of this house. The space below this tiled roof is the place where the whole family have dinner together everynight -, share stories as well as recalling past memories. The space above the roof is transformed into a multi-purposed place for the children - to relax or reading book.... With "Khoảng trống" and natural light cleverly tackled, we can easily feel the outside weather from the inside. The spatial ratio is also carefully considered to create necessary contrast between one space and another, light and darkness, modern and tradition. The height of the space is correlated with the empty spaces to bring the edequate sensation and make the people feel comfortable living inside. Beside ratio, space, light, and shadow, we also put into some trees so that everyone who comes in “the memory” can feel everything truely and closely.The trees are the balancing points between the visual and material blocks of the house, they also have sensation-balancing effect. “The Memory” is not just a house, it also reminds the family members of of their lost ones. According to the “No born, no die” philosophy, when we lose a beloved family member, the grief will always be there but the essence is in fact “no born, no die”. We believe that in this house, in this space, the soul of the late grandfather and father will always exist - in every single tile, pillar, detail... which was made by the ancestors themselves. .