With the aim to creating peaceful, airy scenery of northern villages. Every northern traditional house is combination between modern and old traditional northern design.
In general, Vietnam Traditional House mainly use “open architecture” to match the hot and humid environmental conditions. Campus model is typically one in traditional house architecture of Vietnam. Each campus is a group of houses consists of main house, outbuildings and structure serving other activities such as green garden. The main house is usually faced to red brick yard next by small garden with vegetable. The side of the garden is planted arecaceae trees or fruit trees in a row in two side to make the entrance to the yard. The house illustrates all of these features.
Looking from outside the house is often wrapped inside brick walls and represents the typical three-compartment wooden house with the row of pillars which must be large and made from good qualified wood to prop up the whole avoirdupois of the roof. The roof is normally take over 2/3 the height of the house combining with the row of tall pillars helps to harmonize the air of the house, warm in winter and cool in summer. Especially, three-step staircase is indispensable for northern traditional house which connects with the main door into the main compartment of the house.
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Despite of simple architecture style but the house has been improved by subtle pattern features including brick wall and wooden windows with traditional style design. Besides, the house owner will be more comfortable in traditional construction materials such as red yin-yang tiles, red bricks, wooden door made from qualified materials with natural colors. Although the house is the spitting image of the old traditional house but there are some innovation to help the house to be more suitable. Instead of 1,8m in height, the new house has 2,4m in height to utilize sunlight.
A flower trellis and a set of tables and chairs are placed in the corner of the yard which is easy to relax for families and the unique design of the Kinh people in northern of Vietnam. If you have ever visited the traditional house of Dzao people in Nam Dam village in Ha Giang province or H’mong people in Lao Cai province, you will know the characteristic of traditional architecture features in each region.
Once inside, you surprisingly realize the house is very huge with traditional wooden furniture and decorations. The furniture is not only simple but modern and convenient. Of all them is skilfully arranged suitable for Vietnamese architecture culture such as the pair of parallel sentence in middle compartment or gate and the traditional chest of drawer, ect. The house has good relationship with the surrounding landscape. As the result, the coordination between the inside and the outside is arranged to create a close and flexible environment. The middle compartment of the main block house is the alter and guest room which connects with other rooms in the house.
On both sides of the guest room compartment are two which has two windows but only big one has view entire garden. Kitchen room also has one door to the garden behind the house and separated from guestroom by a bulkhead which is highly appreciated more innovative than old traditional house design that it’s really favourable for house owner to move around their house. Despite being innovated but the house has fully reflects and simulate the Vietnam traditional architecture house and became an attractive destination.
Nowadays it’s not difficult to find traditional house in anywhere. Visiting to Hanoi, you will be admire the row of ancient houses in Hanoi old quarter by Hanoi cultural tour which shows you the house is not only to live but Vietnam culture and conception. If you want to get more deeply experience day tour from Hanoi, Bat Trang and Duong Lam village tour is really great choice. It’s not far from Hanoi, in these you can admire the whole of authentic beauty of Vietnam’s countryside.
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