Nguyen Hoa Hiep named Vietnamese Architect of the Year

Friday, 2015-01-02 11:25:28
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The project named ‘The Chapel’
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NDO – Nguyen Hoa Hiep has been announced as ‘Vietnam’s Architect of the Year 2014’ with 84.14% of the popular vote on the architectural website Ashui.com.

The architect and his a21 studio have won the award for their project named ‘The Chapel’. The Chapel won the 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF)’s ‘Construction of the Year’ award and was also winner of the ‘Small Project of the Year’, ‘Landscape of the Year’ and ‘Future Project of the Year’ awards.

The Chapel is a community space in a new urban ward on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. As the result of an estate crisis, the surrounding area is lacking of communal centres, therefore, the Chapel is designed to be a place for people to participate in activities such as conferences, weddings and exhibitions.

The ‘House for trees’ architecture project, an initiative of architect Vo Trong Nghia and his Japanese partners Masaaki Iwamoto and Kosuke Nishijima, won ‘Construction of the Year 2014’.

The special house’s design offers an inspiring solution to growing pollution and the shortage of green space in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It includes five separate prismatic blocks, each of which contains a tree planted on its roof. It was completed this year, on 350 square meters in Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Binh District and was the first of its kind in Vietnam built with a bamboo framework.

Vu Linh Quang of ARDOR Architects Company also pocketed ‘Young Architect’ and Ass.Pro Nguyen Minh Hoa bagged the ‘Author of the publication and architecture’ title. ‘S House 3’ work of Vo Trong Nghia company also secured ‘Low Cost House’title.

An awards ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Grand Hotel Saigon, No.8 at Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on January 11, 2015. The event aims to honour excellent Vietnamese architects, contributing to finding architectural trends in the future.

Ashui.com, the official website of the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association (VUDPA), will host the awards.