An old house in Ấu Triệu Street that has been repaired. — Photo baotintuc.vn
HÀ NỘI — Villas and architectural works built before 1954 in Hà Nội will not be licensed for renovation and repair in the near future.
The municipal People’s Committee recently issued the decision on management of old houses and valuable architectural constructions.
The Department of Construction will review the management of villas built before 1954 and report difficulties to the People’s Committee. It will review villas with French architecture that must be preserved. On that basis, a list of ancient houses will be proposed to the Co-operation Programme with the French Embassy for consideration.
According to the city's leaders, in recent times, many renovations and design changes for the old buildings have taken place. For example, in Phạm Đình Hổ Ward (Hai Bà Trưng District), there have been a series of renovated and repaired villas transformed into restaurants and bars.
Also in the ward, Villa No 7, Lane 2, Hàng Chuối Street, originally a Group 3 villa, was demolished and replaced with a seven-storey building.
However, the construction work in a narrow alley unreasonably impacted neighbours, while the basement construction was found to be against regulations, so construction was suspended. The area is now a vacant lot.
Villas in Hà Nội are divided into three groups. Group 1 features villas associated with ranked historical and cultural relics or cultural heritage. Group 2 includes villas with architectural value but not in group 1, located on main streets such as Phan Đình Phùng, Điện Biên Phủ, Hoàng Diệu, Trần Phú and Nguyễn Thái Học. The remaining villas are in group 3.
Similarly, Trần Hưng Đạo Ward, Hoàn Kiếm District is home to many old villas, which are also massively renovated and newly licensed, including those with illegal construction works. — VNS