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290 Sq. Ft. Zen Studio Loft in Vietnam

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I thought you might also enjoy this 290 sq. ft. studio loft in Vietname by A21 Studio Architects.

It was completed in 2012 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. This small home was designed for a middle aged woman and her friend. And as you’ll see the home has a zen, minimalist, modern and homey feeling and look all at once. You may or may not agree.

One thing is for sure… It’s a one-of-a-kind home with lots of thought put into the design. When you go inside you’ll find the first level has your living room, dining area, and kitchen. And it’s all open space with view of a beautiful staircase that takes you upstairs where you can access the bedroom and bathroom.

Something that makes this home very unique is how there’s a living tree inside. I hope you’ll enjoy it below and if you’d like to please feel free to talk about it in the comments and re-share below.

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290 Sq. Ft. Nature Inspired Zen Studio Loft


Images © Hiroyuki Oki

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“3×9 House / a21 studio” 06 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 06 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=223340>

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Cahow
    October 6, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Alex wrote: “And as you’ll see the home has a Zen, minimalist, modern and homey feeling and look all at once. You may or may not agree.”

    Well, Alex, I agree with 100% of what you wrote. 😀 It is, indeed, homey yet Zen and I love the look and feel of everything, except……


    ~sigh~ Okay, as an architect, I deal with this all the time. Some well meaning individual/couple wants me to “…incorporate our apple/pear/ash tree into the deck…”. And for the most part, we do and my clients are happy. We also build into our designs the necessity for continual trunk growth, so that portions of the deck can be increased as the tree grows, or, sadly…when the poor tree perishes as one of my client’s did, this past week. It was an 85 year old Apple Tree that used to feed the neighborhood but alas, the Polar Vortex weakened it to the point that Fire Blight took it out this year. We had a ceremony for it and they are using the wood for their fireplace. We’ve since installed a “patch” for the 2′ x 2′ hole that the tree grew through.

    However, THIS tree falls into the “WTF?!” category. Initially, I saw the Growth Holes cut into the ceiling of the 1st floor ceiling and thought, “Hmmm, what about insects and rain?”. But, upon closer inspection, I see that the second floor has (I think), a glass ceiling so insects and rain don’t affect the interior.

    Still, unless that is the LAST Truffula tree, it makes positively NO SENSE to have gone through all of that work when a Ficus benjamina on each floor could have sufficed. The canopy, as you can see in the photos, has been pruned within an inch of it’s life and shall need to be constantly pruned in that manner to allow access to the remainder of the floor.

    But, other than that bit of Botanical Whimsy, I say “Job Well Done!”

    • October 7, 2014, 7:11 am

      I was about to write something similar (lacking much of your wisdom and all of your personal experience). So, thanks for saving me the trouble 😉

      • Cahow
        October 7, 2014, 9:32 am

        LOL, Holly! I always like when someone else has also written what I had thought, saving me the trouble, too. I usually write “Ditto to what you said!”. 😀

    • Alex
      October 7, 2014, 2:52 pm

      LOL- I definitely see your point- but I still think it’s cool! 😀

      • Cahow
        October 7, 2014, 3:16 pm

        LOL, Alex. So….’what’ do you think is cool? A) The Tree?, B) The House? or C) The Tree IN the House? 😉

        I think a lot of things are cool, too. Like a white Silk Charmeuse blouse…until it’s time to dry clean the sucka! LOL

  • LK
    October 7, 2014, 11:29 am

    When I saw t the pictures I felt my tummy muscles. Until that happened I did not know that they were tight! Love the house – but have a problem with the tree. I had noticed the severe pruning and though I would not have been as blunt as one commenter, it seems problematic for the very near future.
    Still – I love the homey Zen feeling and would take the house tree, holes, future problems, and more for a chance to live a year or 2 in this beautiful structure. My problem would be the city outside the house, since I really want to wind up in the woods again someday.

    • Alex
      October 7, 2014, 2:54 pm

      I love the tree but you guys are all right.. It’s probably not worth the maintenance and problems it will bring.

    • Cahow
      October 7, 2014, 3:18 pm

      I’ll make you a deal, LK. You figure out how you’ll live in this delightful house for “a year or 2” and I’ll figure out how much you’ll need to pay me to maintain your tree! Deal???? 😉

  • Alecia Jones
    October 7, 2014, 12:31 pm

    Aside from the tree, I really love this space but did I miss something because I didn’t really see the bedroom?? Would have loved to see the upstairs a little more.

    • Alex
      October 7, 2014, 2:53 pm

      The bedroom is up in the loft just beyond the staircase. You can see it in the second to last photo (it’s by the chair up there)

  • Elfspy54
    October 7, 2014, 2:56 pm

    Love it! Including the tree! 🙂

    • Alex
      October 7, 2014, 4:01 pm

      Thanks! 😀

  • Chris
    October 29, 2014, 1:13 pm

    If you were a Buddhist you would understand the rational behind the tree.. Most Buddhists believe that trees are imbued with spirits and it would be criminal to kill one.. There probably is a good reason for the tree.. just one you haven’t thought of..

  • August 2, 2017, 1:58 pm

    Architecture is also poetry , not only racionalism
    Love this home , as architect !

  • August 2, 2017, 3:53 pm

    Yes it is so.., as two hearts keen need to explore and touch…, but divided by Ocean. I feel so when I see a Work of Art unreachable for me.

  • Nanny M
    August 3, 2017, 1:37 pm

    Very pretty house and I love the poor tree. I assumed the tree was there and it would be too sad to kill it.

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