Cuc Gach Quan

Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - Design Buzz -

Cuc Gach Quan is a Viet­namese restau­rant that op­er­ates out of an ar­chi­tect’s home of­fice. It ticks all the right boxes for con­cept, de­sign and en­vi­ron­ment. Once you step through the door, you might mis­take it for a coun­try cot­tage. Many go as far as to say that it looks like a guest­house in Bavaria, the ideal place to stay af­ter a hard day’s hik­ing in the Alps. How­ever, the set­ting is in fact a maze of sep­a­rate spa­ces. Af­ter breez­ing through the front of the house you will reach a lounge room, which is il­lu­mi­nated by nat­u­ral sun­light that streams through mas­sive win­dows. The decor fea­tures junk shop finds and nos­tal­gic trea­sures – a long wooden com­mu­nal ta­ble fash­ioned from an old-style Viet­namese plank bed, a North­ern-style mother of pearl carved cab­i­net, a reel-to-reel tape recorder and some clay pot urns. They’re clearly all an­tiques, but their ar­range­ment is wholly con­tem­po­rary. At the end of the lounge room is a glass door that opens out onto a sun-flooded atrium com­plete with a wooden bridge strad­dling a fish­pond, which sep­a­rates the front room from the open kitchen at the back. Con­tinue to as­cend a steep flight of stairs and you will reach a read­ing room and a tree house-like vaulted at­tic. This im­pres­sive as­sort­ment of spa­ces is, how­ever, only the tip of the ar­chi­tec­tural ice­berg. The show­stop­per here is the tim­ber, four-poster, canopied bed frame that has been con­verted into a din­ing ta­ble. Homey touches – the mixed up, de­lib­er­ately cracked crock­ery, bam­boo chop­sticks in tin cans, a 1970’s vin­tage Sony TV, leather-bound menus made out of worn brown pa­pers and drink­ing straws made from the stems of wa­ter spinach – lend it a rus­tic and invit­ing at­mos­phere. To set all this off, its colour pal­ette is fas­ci­nat­ing. The place is os­ten­si­bly so muted, but then you no­tice shades of orange and green straight from the gar­den that pop out de­light­fully. Cuc Gach Quan is a trib­ute to the owner (ar­chi­tect Tran Binh)’s grand­mother and is a de­light for all de­sign buffs.

10 Dang Tat Street, Tan Dinh Ward, Dis­trict 1, tel: +84(8)-3848-0144, www.cuc­gachquan.com.vn.

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