Chieng Yen Community house

Architects: 1+1>2 Architects

Tat Nang stream, Chieng Yen Commune, Van Ho District, Son La Province, Vietnam

Design team: Hoang Thuc Hao, Do Minh Duc, Nguyen Ba Duc
Year: 2017
Site Area: 1971 sq.m 
Construction area: 253 sq.m
Total floor area: 406 sq.m
Images / Photos: Do Minh Duc


The project site is at Xa Seng commune, Ta Phin ward in Sapa town, a popular tourism attraction in the north of Vietnam. The project is a multi-functional community house, which will contribute to the local economic growth, enhance tourism development and maximize the local potentials. The project is also developed toward sustainable development for the local community by preserving natural resources and environment, as well as enhancing the local cultural diversity and traditional handicrafts. The action program will include training strategies for local people in sustainable agriculture, tourism, and project management.


The community house will be incorporated with an herb garden, and will include a working space, an exhibition room for local handicraft product, a small library, a communication center, as well as a studio for training program. All the above activities have been supported and advised by not only the local people but also the authorities and other community associations.


The building form is inspired by the traditional red-scarf of the Dao minority woman, as well as the form of the mountainous topography of Sapa. The building uses local labor and material such as stone, recycled wood, brick... and other sustainable green technologies such as: rain-water filter system, solar energy, 5 compartment septic tanks, energy saving fireplaces, utilizing extra heat from the fireplace.


The location of the community house has also been well considered: It is in the center of the commune, next to the elementary school and public rice milling station, therefore it can maximize the use of all the above center and is easy to be recognized by tourists.