A photo features the 9 Spa in Khanh Hoa Province. Designed by architect Nguyen Hoa Hiep, the construction was given the Mention Awards - Public Amenity: Resort Building at the ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council Asia) Awards for Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Another his creation - The Nest - also bagged the same award in the category of Single Housing for Residential Project. Other works by Vietnamese architects also won prizes, including the Dai Lai Bamboo Complex by Vo Trong Nghia, which won "The Building of the Year" and the golden medal in the category of Public Amenity: Resort Building. The Ta Phin Community House in the Lao Cai Province by architect Hoang Thuc Hao won the Honorable Mention Award in the category of Social Responsible Architecture. - Photo … [Read more...]

Vietnamese architects bag regional awards

The 9 Spa by Nguyen Hoa Hiep was given the Mention Awards - Public Amenity-Resort Building. - Photo

The Bamboo Wing restaurant in the Dai Lai Bamboo Complex by Vo Trong Nghia which won "The Building of the Year" award. - Photo HA NOI (VNS) - A bamboo complex in the northern Vinh Phuc Province has won "The Building of the Year" award at the ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council Asia) Awards for Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In addition, the complex, consisting of a conference hall and a restaurant, also received the golden medal in the category of Public Amenity: Resort Building. … [Read more...]

Then-and-now photos of Hue relics on display

Jewellery artifacts on display in Hanoi A four-month exhibition at Hanoi's National History Museum is showcasing almost 140 priceless pieces of ancient Vietnamese jewellery. Opened on August 30, the exhibition hopes to help domestic and international visitors improve their understandings of the development of Vietnamese aesthetics throughout the different periods of its history. The display includes pieces dating back to the prehistoric cultures of Dong Son, Sa Huynh, and Oc Eo, shaped from materials ranging from crystal, stone, and gems to metal and even bone. One of its highlights is a rare collection of royal Nguyen dynasty gold, silver, jade, ivory, and tortoiseshell jewellery. The workmanship of these pieces represents the peak of the jeweller's craft. National History Museum Deputy Director Nguyen Dinh Chien noted the exhibition's pieces are selected from thousands of years ago right up until the early 20th century. Then-and-now photos of Hue relics on display A … [Read more...]

Dai Lai Conference Hall wins Int’l Architecture Award

(VOV) - Vo Trong Nghia Architects' Dai Lai Conference Hall designs were included in the winners of the 2013 International Architecture Awards. Dolphin Plaza wins 2012 Architecture first prize This is the sixth time the company has been recognised by these prestigious awards. Vo Trong Nghia Architects have already won acclaim from the 2013 World Architecture Festival (WAF), FuturArc Prize, and FuturArc Green Leadership. Its past achievements include two Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) awards and two WAF first prizes, raising the international profile of Vietnamese architecture. The International Architecture Awards were launched by the Chicago Athenaeum's Museum of Architecture and Design in 2005 and aim to honour outstanding design in architecture all over the world. … [Read more...]

Natural design


A local architect famous for his bamboo designs wants to popularize buildings made of all-natural materials. Elip Café, a mostly-bamboo design by Vo Trong Nghia and his partners in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City Award-winning architect Vo Trong Nghia says the best building designs use nature to their advantage. Nghia's Wind and Water Café - which is built almost entirely of bamboo and uses a central pond as a natural air conditioner - was selected as one of 2008's Best Global Designs at the International Architecture Awards last month. "For me, the award is important because it acknowledges that I'm moving in the right direction, in line with modern architectural trends," says Nghia, winner of more than 10 national and international architecture awards. He describes the ideal contemporary design movements as those that are "open and close to nature with environment-friendly and unrefined materials." He says that while the rich can easily buy all natural things or experience … [Read more...]

Vietnamese architect honored for pioneering use of bamboo 


Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia has once again received global recognition, the World Architecture News (WAN) naming his company one of the top 21 architectural firms of the 21st century. Nghia, famous for his bamboo designs, won the WAN "21 for 21" Award for his "masterpieces of thoughtful design and engineering," the panel of leading architects said on the WAN website. A certificate was handed to him in Ho Chi Minh City on May 25. The panel praised Nghia's "intelligent use of natural materials." Judge Patrick Schumacher from the UK's Zaha Hadid Architects said Nghia's designs are "finding forms true to material which has enabled them to create light forms with influences of scientific vernacular," a premise that other architectural practices can learn from. Nghia, who earned his master's degree in Japan, wrote in his proposal, "Bamboo is the green material of the 21st century due to its excellent CO2 absorbability and the higher rebirth ability of bamboo forests in … [Read more...]