Impressive Architecture Project: House -=+ by Less Is More Design

Impressive Architecture Project: House -=+ by Less Is More Design

French architect and photographer Julien Smith, is established in Vietnam for 7 years and run the studio “Less Is More Design”. For today we would like to present an original project called “House-=+” and located in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), a crowded city in Vietnam. Here are the details we received: An empty land of 4m*25m in the middle of a traditional Vietnamese plot has been chosen for him and his family to establish their own place and the studio as well. This house is a typical case in Vietnam where sites are narrow and long. This is an interesting “nha pho” (Vietnamese name for small and narrow city house) reference. This design could be qualified as a minimalist, modern tropical design while transposing the domestic Vietnamese architecture features. Volumes, open spaces, natural light were the first concerns. The main impressive feature of this house is the 5 meter high folding shutters louvers. “A challenge that we have overcome with the carpenter”. (except sanitary ware, light appliance and chairs, almost the entire house is costume made with local manufacturer). This unique element composes itself the entire façade and reaches all the expected functions: design – identity – solar control – privacy – security. Have a look at the photos and please give us your feedback in the comments section.


  • Nina May 13, 2011 at 19:49 PMLogin to Reply →

    great photos in this article!

  • mm May 14, 2011 at 10:11 AMLogin to Reply →

    minimalist place doesn’t have to be cold. This house is too cold for my taste

  • Julien May 14, 2011 at 15:21 PMLogin to Reply →

    I could be agree with you, but for your information, photos come from the opening day without artwork installed. It is a bit more warm compare to what you can see and to be honest the weather is too warm here ! ;-)
    thanks for sharing

  • julien May 14, 2011 at 15:56 PMLogin to Reply →

    I could be agree with you, but (as the one who live inside), I can tell you that this house is very cosy and artworks (that where not installed when the pictures has been taken) has played their function, such as highlight some part and bring some funny and colour touch.
    Anyway, the weather here is too hot… so a cold place is warmly welcome ;-)
    thanks for your comments

  • Antique Light May 16, 2011 at 08:07 AMLogin to Reply →

    so minimalis design..good idea.

  • rohani May 16, 2011 at 08:21 AMLogin to Reply →

    its gorgeous! wish i could do the same for my place…but this will cost me a fortune in philippine standard…i do not find it cold…love the red sofa…

  • Stefan May 16, 2011 at 09:57 AMLogin to Reply →

    I love the pool table. Can someone please tell me where can i get this type of slim looking multifunctional pool table?

  • julien May 17, 2011 at 01:43 AMLogin to Reply →

    for the pool table… Sorry I can’t help you. I just did a sketch, then I have managed with a local supplier. Finally, it is not so complicated to design one.

  • sare May 17, 2011 at 05:38 AMLogin to Reply →

    very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!