This Modernist Villa Set Amidst The Vietnamese Countryside is the Perfect, Silent Retreat

by Nicholas Chew

Nestled amongst the serene rice fields of Vietnam, Oryza Villa is a villa with a unique concept when it comes to place for silent retreat – it is a place that truly reflects Vietnam’s rich heritage, and encourages an authentic connection with the Hoi An countryside.

Exterior Area:

The one-bedroom boutique villa for couples looking for an escape is situated away from the hubbub of the city. Instead, it lies between a UNESCO heritage town, and some of Vietnam’s tranquil beaches, with ethereal views of the paddy fields beyond.

While primarily designed in a modernist style of architecture, it still retains its originality within a rural context. The villa was designed to blend in with the surroundings without being an overt, cliche rural structure.

An L-shaped wooden deck runs along the villa, beckoning the visitors with the promise of a refreshing breeze paired with stunning views. At the front of the villa, an infinity pool overlooks the paddy fields and an indigenous coconut palm leans lazily over it, setting the ambiance.

Furthermore, you can spend a relaxing day basking in the sun beds and experience the mesmerising sights of water buffaloes grazing, herons circling overhead, and ducks quacking nearby. Instead of a well-pruned garden, a vegetable garden reminds you of the house’s roots.

Interior Area:

As for the interior, the floor-to-ceiling panel windows that are coated with solar reflective coatings offer a framed, picturesque view of rural Vietnam at its finest. The glazing and skylights flood the villa with natural light and ventilation.

The spaces have been arranged in an open floor plan and have a clean, minimalistic design. The dining and living areas feature gorgeous furniture, hand-crafted by local craftsmen using locally-available materials. Their uniqueness is a mark of love for the craft, and attention to detail.

The window seats in the living area are the perfect place to curl up with a book while experiencing the dynamic landscape. Sitting here, you can’t help but feel at one with nature, away from the rat race of the city landscape.

The spacious kitchen has a breakfast counter that is made with wood sourced from a local fishing village. The wide window here, that spans the length of the counter is the perfect setting to cook while enjoying a glimpse of nature.

The semi-public areas, that is the living room and kitchen, are separated from the more private bedroom with an indoor sand garden that has trees, shrubs, and stepping stones. This traverses the barrier between the indoors and the outdoors.

The cozy bedroom follows the theme of the rest of the house, with exposed concrete walls and dark wooden slats. The walls are punctuated by large windows so that guests can view the changing colors of the sky, from the comfort of their bed.

The bathroom with twin showers has wood-clad sinks, dark wood floors, and a marble backsplash. All in all, the Oryza Villa is the perfect oasis, a culturally-rich respite from the busy city life.

All images are taken from Oryza Villa unless otherwise stated.

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