Many owners of a property in densely populated city districts are familiar with the problem: A narrow property usually does not offer enough space to design an urban villa with a garden. However, a new project in Vietnam proves that the problem can be solved with a little creativity. The architects at TAA Design have created a kitchen garden on the roof of a single-family house. We will take you on a virtual tour and explain how you can plant a roof terrace and what advantages it brings.
Planting the roof terrace: A small single-family house in Vietnam has a vegetable garden on the roof
The builders, a 50-year-old couple, commissioned the architects from TAA with the task of tearing down their old single-family house and erecting a modern building on the narrow plot of land. The terrain is located in a village. When the couple moved into their former house many years ago, the village was a bit away from the nearby town. The increasing development has meanwhile merged the border between town and villages and a metropolis was created. This left no free land for kitchen gardens, which were originally laid out at the end of the village. The builders, who had a vegetable garden all their lives, did not want to do without it.
The architects have therefore come up with a clever and space-saving solution and designed the city villa in such a way that the couple does not have to forego living space in favor of garden space. The U-shaped house has an inner courtyard where the builders can raise chicks, a small backyard as a retreat where a tree provides privacy and sun protection, and a spacious terrace for outdoor relaxation. The absolute highlight, however, is the roof terrace. It consists of several levels, is tiled and has several raised beds where vegetables, herbs and other useful plants can be planted.
The garden is not only an oasis in the open air, it is also designed to be extremely functional and practical. A staircase leads from the first floor to the roof terrace and allows quick access. The multiple levels create niches and corners in the shade and partial shade. In this way, the house residents can plant both sun and shade-loving vegetables on the roof. The planted roof terrace offers another decisive advantage: It serves as additional natural insulation. On hot sunny summer days, the temperatures in the house are several degrees lower than in the neighboring houses.
City villa on a narrow plot: inner courtyard as a connecting element
The inner courtyard not only visually connects the rooms, but also lets plenty of sunlight into the living area. It is shielded from the street by a high wall and partially covered. A balcony on the second floor casts a cooling shadow over the courtyard. At the same time, many openings allow a sufficient exchange of air and thus create a pleasant room climate in the rooms, which open to the inner courtyard through large sliding glass doors.
The room layout is very practical: on the ground floor there is a living area with kitchen and dining area that looks out onto the inner courtyard. A guest room for the grandchildren and a bathroom complete the living program on the first floor. A staircase leads to the second floor, where the grandparents’ sleeping area, another bathroom and storage space for wood are located. It is a sophisticated living concept with a functional interior design.
View from the ground floor into the sleeping area on the second floor. The high ceiling makes the living area appear larger
The small inner courtyard is an oasis of calm
The kitchen garden provides privacy for the balcony on the second floor
Several levels maximize the usable area of the roof terrace
City villa on a narrow plot in a densely built-up area
Fresh herbs and vegetables
The planted roof terrace offers additional insulation
Roof terrace on several levels
There are not only enough raised beds, but also plenty of space to set up flower pots
The roof terrace has numerous corners and niches that offer sun and wind protection
Creating a roof terrace with a kitchen garden – a practical solution for a city villa without a garden
The Stadvilla – view from above
Single-family house with inner courtyard – floor plan
Single-family house with inner courtyard: side view
The room distribution: living area with kitchen and dining area, guest room and bathroom
On the second floor there is a bedroom, another bathroom and a dressing room
An overview of the residential area
From a village to a suburb of a big city
The house is on the main road
The city map at a glance
Project by TAA design