Chau Doc house | Nishizawaarchitects


Architects Nishizawaarchitects

Location Chau Doc city, An Giang province Vietnam

Architects in Charge Shunri Nishizawa, Nguyen Do Hong Quan, Luong Thanh Tung

Area 340.0 m2

Project Year 2017

Photographs Hiroyuki Oki, Nishizawaarchitects


Chau Doc is a city in An Giang Province, bordering Cambodia, in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. It is situated 250 kilometres (160 mi) west of Ho Chi Minh City and it takes about six hours to travel by bus from Hồ Chí Minh City.

The region is populated with hundreds of floating dwellings on the river as well as houses that have been extended with the help of pilotis and small private bridges. Another important aspect of the site is the surrounding rice fields that stretch towards the horizon.

In the rainy season, the local have to live with an harsh natural environment when all the grounds except the embanked roads used to be under the water during 4-5 months.


This house is a sharing residence of 3 nuclear families who are kin. Their daily-life has become unstable and un-organized especially after the recent drastic changes when they compulsively eliminated floods which had given a lot of inconveniences to them.


1/ To invert the roof shape from ordinal-roof into butterfly-roof in order to open the interior space to surrounding environment, and then cover all the site by 3 butterfly-roofs in different heights.

2/ To hang up rotating metal windows from end to end at the big openings between each roofs and façades to adjust the amount of sunlight and natural wind.

3/ To replace all the internal solid walls into movable partitions to create one big continuous space.



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