A1208PP: Transforming a Hanoi Apartment with Yin and Yang Design

Located in Hanoi, Vietnam, A1208PP is an apartment redesigned by Flat6 Architects to embody the essence of comfort and spaciousness. The renovation, completed in 2023, transforms a traditional two-bedroom into a modern haven with a unique division of Yin and Yang spaces, incorporating a home office and a sacred space for worship, a rarity in Vietnamese apartments. This design not only meets the homeowner’s needs but also integrates Eastern philosophy into every corner, achieving a harmonious balance between light and dark.

Sleek modern living room with minimalist furniture, large TV, and dramatic lighting.
Sleek, modern living room with curved lighting fixture, dark furniture, and open kitchen.
Spacious modern living room with sleek lighting fixtures, grey sofa, and open kitchen layout.
Sleek modern space with minimalist kitchen, dining table, and living area.
A modern, minimalist kitchen and dining area with sleek cabinetry and large windows.
Modern kitchen interior with sleek gray cabinets, marble countertop, and a large circular lighting fixture.
Modern apartment interior with sleek black sliding doors, blue sofa, and minimalist decor.
A modern bedroom with minimalist furnishings, circular mirror, and recessed lighting.
Contemporary bedroom with sleek, minimalist design elements and an open bathroom layout.
A modern bathroom with a sleek vanity, open shower, and adjoining bedroom area.
A modern bathroom with beige tiles, a toilet, and a washing machine in a corner.

About A1208PP

A Modern Take on Traditional Space

Before its transformation, A1208PP was an outdated apartment, confined and dimly lit, with a conventional layout comprising two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, and a cramped kitchen. In 2023, Flat6 Architects embarked on reinventing this space to align with the new owner’s vision of an ample, cozy living environment tailored to modern needs. This renovation project sought to condense the apartment into a one-bedroom format, incorporating a home office and meticulously designing a dedicated worship space – a feature uncommon in Vietnam’s urban residences.

Infusing Harmony with Yin and Yang

The design philosophy underpinning this renovation taps into the ancient Eastern principles of Yin and Yang, portraying the interdependence of opposing forces. The apartment now reveals a deliberate division into two distinct realms. The Yang sector thrives on openness and light, housing the main areas like the bedroom, kitchen, dining and living rooms, and the home office, all basking in natural sunlight. In contrast, the Yin portion, enveloping the entrance and the altar room, indulges in tranquility and discretion, characterized by dark wood and soft, moonlike lighting. A cleverly designed movable, striped glass wall separates these contrasting spaces, allowing for privacy in worship without severing the apartment’s cohesive aesthetic.

Embracing Contrasts to Create Balance

In remodeling A1208PP, Flat6 Architects not only aimed to fulfill the homeowner’s spatial requirements but also endeavored to craft an abode where contrasts coexist in harmony. This ambition manifests in the juxtaposition of light and dark, openness and enclosure, height and lowliness—each element speaking to the balance of yin and yang within the living space. The result is not just a remodeled apartment but a sanctuary where modernity meets tradition, and spatial needs meet spiritual fulfillment.

By compressing non-essential areas and reimagining the apartment’s layout, the architects achieved a clear, coherent spatial arrangement. A1208PP now stands as a testament to the power of design in balancing traditional Eastern philosophy with contemporary living needs, embodying a unique approach to interior design in the heart of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Photography by Minh Quang Pham
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- by Matt Watts