Architects: Do Minh Duc, Nguyen Ba Duc, Vu Xuan Son

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Tat Nang stream, Chieng Yen commune, Van Ho district, Son La province, Vietnam

Chieng Yen is a commune in Van Ho district, Son La province. The local community consists of five major/minor ethnic groups: Kinh, Thai, Muong, Dao, Mong.

The commune is surrounded by an old forest, which runs along the boundary between Van Ho district (Son Laprovince) and Mai Chau district (Hoa Binh province). This place is well known for striking nature and breath-taking landscape with God fish stream, natural hot water stream and so on. Scenery and climate conditions are agreeable, with a high potential to promote community tourism in the area.

The process of site selection and design were carefully considered to ensure that the planned building shall be accessible by local inhabitants and will also become a tourism landmark. The building functions as an information centre and a meeting place for people where different social events and activities are organised.

 The main design concept of this community house in inspired form the head scarf of the local ethnic minorities and the typical form of a traditional house. This built form harmonises with the mountainous landscape and a picturesque waterfall. The house appears to be both strange and familiar, which is the result of a long-time study on vernacular architecture and local wisdom, based on local resources: economy, culture and local workforce.

The house meets green architecture requirements thanks to the use of adobe bricks, bamboo frame, structures, wood and palm leaf roof, in line with the control of the effect of sunlight form the West in the afternoon.

Chieng Yen Community House, when completed, does not only play a vital role in strengthening the community contact and communication, but will also dram great social attention, and hereby contributing to the local sustainable development.

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