The Layer Apartment

Located in one of the most desirable districts of Ho Chi Minh, this 95sqm two-bedroom apartment embodies most of the challenges common in modern apartments in Vietnam: especially ineffective space living using, poorly ventilated room, and unconnected between separate spaces.

Condominium renovation work is carried out predicated on certain unchangeable existing components: reinforced concrete posts, beams and walls, for example, or the positions of openings.

With a good living standard and a high sense of aesthetics, the investors look to architects with a desire to make their current house neat, minimalist and yet comfortable.


The redundant and unnecessary space is torn down, the space structure is reduced to flat, less angled areas to help the space be neat and spacious, windows are fully extended to make use of natural light and ventilation.

Common and private spaces are clearly separated with their own characteristics.

Most shared areas are grouped and arranged at the front of the apartment, leaving space for more private areas at the back.

With the aim to strengthen the family bonds despite the differences in ages, interests and concerns, an open-plan kitchen – dining – living area is utilized so that family members can spend quality time together there.

The existing walls between the kitchen – dining – guest – balcony areas are removed so that the common space becomes a larger and more open-spaced area, with a wide balcony overlooking the city view. Instead of exploiting air conditioning systems, passive ventilation is utilized to keep occupants comfortable in the heat and make the apartment more thermally efficient.

The walls of the kid room are adjusted to blend well with the interior so that all the sharp angles are reduced, and besides, neutral colors provide a sense of lightness, warmth and spaciousness.

The master bedroom is divided further, with the simple wooden bed system for the sleeping environment and, for homeowners’ reading preferences, a window space system with solely a marble wall as the single highlight to minimize the purpose of “decoration” while placing a high value on the design.

The bathroom is designed in a way  so that homeowners can acknowledge separate wet and dry zones

Bringing the double lavabo cabinets outside and harnessing the highly-detailed closet system offer the homeowners the opportunity to embrace separate “wet” and “dry” zones, increasing flexibility and comfort level for users.

Furniture is custom-made with the intention of obtaining the maximum efficiency when needed.

Storage space is cleverly encompassed in every corner of the apartment in order to set aside room for new furniture in the future without losing the irreducible character of the apartment.


With whetstone and wood as the key materials used for the construction, the contrast in colors and properties shows the residents a distinct sign of space-shift, from the warmth of wooden floor to the coolness brought by the grindstone one.

With white as the most optimal choice for background and the gray-yellow duo as the mainstream of every interior detail with careful consideration, from equipment, paintings, curtains to trees, a spacious, clean, integrated combination is brought into being while still maintaining the distinction in the homeowner’s lifestyle.

In families with young children where health and safety are top priorities, traditional finishing materials such as shellac, polyurethane (PU), etc are replaced with those that are more modern and more friendly to user health.

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Architects:    ForestA + TAMA Architects

Construction:    ForestA + TAMA Architects

Interior:    Tamafu

Plant supplier and consultant:    CC Concept garden

Designers:     Trịnh Thu Thủy, Lê Bảo Quốc Minh, Nguyễn Ngọc Thanh Hiền, Nguyễn Cao Đình Duy

Address:     The Riveria point – Quận 7, HCMC

Clients:    Mr. Dũng – Mrs. Thụy

Design year:     2019 – Year of completion: 2020

Area:     90m2

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