Excerpt: Tucked down an inconspicuous alleyway in Hue city, Vietnam, Sahi Homestay Retreat designed by SILAA was built to meet the owner’s dream of creating a retreat where guests can relax and meditate. The site is an L-shaped plot and the private and communal spaces are the issues that were dealt with in this project.
[Text as submitted by architect] Tucked down an inconspicuous alleyway in Hue city, Vietnam, Sahi Homestay Retreat was built to meet the owner’s dream of creating a retreat where guests can relax and meditate. The project area with an L shape is a part of a 1300 m2 property. The private and communal spaces are the issues that the architects think about in this project.
The private spaces are bedrooms with gardens and a pool attached inside while the communal spaces include an entrance yard, multipurpose area, group sitting area, corridor, or swimming pool… The guests can enjoy the quiet moment in their bedrooms with high privacy as well as join different activities in the communal spaces outside the rooms. There’re 2 choices of room for the staying, the Double room with a garden inside or the Studio room with a small garden and also a water lily pool inside.
To bring a cozy atmosphere, simple construction work, less effect on the environment and also low cost, recycled wood collected from the demolished buildings in the city is used for the main structure, ceiling, door & window system, and furniture… of the project. Besides, other local and natural materials such as terracotta tiles, exposed brick, and stone are mixed to create rustic simplicity for the spaces.
The gaps, including open spaces between the bedrooms where the guests can sit around together or the permeable facades, help to improve the natural air ventilation across the building. In winter, Hue often gets long days with rain so it’s useful to collect the water from the roof and yard into an underground water tank for summertime. Wooden louver that goes along the façade protects the inner spaces from the rain as well as filters the harsh sunlight of Vietnam’s tropical climate.