Trails of Contemporary Indochina.
This apartment is a metaphor of contemporary Saigon. You experience a part of Saigon’s story just being in it – discovering and understanding the youthfulness of the city, even though its history has already caused it to endure so many ups and downs. The city is constantly innovating and developing, but still silently reminisce over the memories that give it its value.
Bare Indochine is an apartment for tourists to rent in the chain of Bare Boutique Stays. It is located within an old apartment building and features a total living space of only 36m². Despite sounding small, the apartment’s makeover has transformed it into a treasured option for those wanting to experience contemporary Saigon, but with the heartfelt nostalgia of a time when the city was honoured as “the Pearl of the Far East”.
The apartment is a charming, light, refreshing, and slick sanctuary in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the immediate area that is filled with vibrant street shops, local food stalls and lively laughter.
The design recreates Saigon’s Eastern-style living space that was popular in past decades, where everything apart from the toilet and shower room is open. The blue-grey framed windows with textured glass allow sunlight to seep into the space, emphasising the softness of the celadon-green walls and bespoke colonial styled tiling. The interiors were selected to delicately blend the past with the present; striking lacquered cabinets meet warm walnut woods and grindstone, the Louis dining chair converses with Phillippe Starck’s Ghost.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam