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Ta Phin – Sapa – Vietnam Project


  • Reduce the difference among neighborhoods in Ta Phin by providing an extra source of income for people living in a poor neighborhood.
  • Change the routine of chasing tourists by raising the awareness of local people.
  • Improve the understanding and respect of local people and tourists toward the ethnic traditions, cultural diversity and natural environment.

It’s growing up!



Newsletter Ta Phin – Sapa – Vietnam Project

From a team of two enthusiastic volunteers, now the project has attracts the interest and collaboration of many reputable individuals and organizations. The very first group is the architect team of Mr. Hoang Thuc Hao, a talented architect who has just won the FuturArc Prize for his previous green community house. Another precious contribution comes from the Vietnam Young Professionals. This is a group of young volunteers who work under sponsorship of Community Development Funds and Asian Coalition for Housing Rights. Their experiences in similar projects are really helpful for this mission.

Ms. Pham Kieu Phuc, a talented interior designer, the owner of Module 7, assists us with the house design, event management and much more.

Designer:  Ms. Pham Kieu Phuc


Vania Lopes, a Landscape Architect, support this Project with the garden design.The charity event brings about many supportive contacts. We capture the attention from many media channels such as Vietnam Media (TTXVN), The New Hanoian, The Link Hanoi and Hanoi Grapevine. They are all spreading the word about this project with lots of positive comments!

Landscape:  Ms. Vania Lopes


The idea of an ecological community house!



Newsletter Ta Phin – Sapa – Vietnam Project

With the collaboration of Mr. Hoang Thuc Hao and his architect team, the design of the house is basically completed. The house will be a place for Ta Phin people to work, to learn and to exhibit their traditional products. Therefore, it should look very “Ta Phin”, and in the design, it is. The house is also attractive to tourists to serve its purpose as “promoting responsible tourism”. All the materials to build the house are local and ecological products.

An important concern of the architects is the climate condition of Ta Phin: it is not a joke. Usually Ta Phin is a lovely mountainous village with cool weather. However, it also rains a lot in summer, then turns foggy, moist and cold in winter. The winter is very harsh with powerful wind, frequent fog, and occasional snow. The house must be a comfortable place in any of those adverse conditions. The architect team has drafted many plans, and finally, the optimal one stands out. Of course, the construction should be very economically viable, so they have to calculate to every brick.

The picture very soon…


I am a passionate woman who follows her dreams. My strong personality and sensitivity is a reflection of the soul of this project. I arrived in Vietnam in October 2010 for a voluntary period, looking for a balance in my life, I just realized how important is the ethical and sustainable meanings in life, people and work.
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