HÀ NỘI — Four Vietnamese buildings are in with a chance of winning prestigious Dezeen Awards for architecture.
The popular Dezeen architecture magazine has announced 53 nominees for 10 categories of the annual awards.
The Ha House in HCM City, The Stepping Park House in HCM City, Viettel Institute in Hà Nội and Star Engineers Factory & Administrative Building in Hà Nội are all up for awards.
The Ha House in HCM City private residential project by Vo Trong Nghia Architects is nominated in the Urban House category.
Ha House has a garden inside. — Photos dezeen.com
As mentioned on the magazine's website, the architects strategically shifted and twisted the volumes of the house to create smaller gardens that link living spaces, in response to the client's brief to have a large garden on the slender site.
The project recalls traditional housing in tropical climates, where residents and nature live intertwined.
The Stepping Park House is another nominee in the Urban House category by Vo Trong Nghia Architects.
The house incorporates plants from a nearby park into the space.
Stepping Park House connects the green park outside with the interior space.
“Vo Trong Nghia Architects decided to integrate the greenery from the park with the domestic space, aiming to strengthen the relationship between the house and its surroundings. A large diagonal void through all three floors of the building and tropical trees feature in the common areas,” the site reads.
The architects wanted to create a forest environment in the house despite being indoors.
Viettel Academy is another nominee by Vo Trong Nghia Architects in the Civic Building category this year.
The academy is an educational centre within a training campus in Hà Nội.
The campus provides short-term accommodation and training courses for the staff of the telecommunications group Viettel.
“With a cooling microclimate, the campus buildings are surrounded by lakes and abundant green space,” the site reads. “The educational centre consists of 12 blocks, ranging from two to five storeys high, accommodating classrooms, meeting rooms, halls, and offices. These blocks are connected by multi-level circulation paths, offering views and quiet areas for studying, and are surrounded by a pool, which helps to regulate its microclimate.
“A lightweight concrete roof covers the majority of semi-outdoor spaces, sheltering them from rain and limiting direct sunlight, whilst also functioning as skywalk. The centre's central location within the campus makes it accessible from the housing and other facilities.”
Star Engineers Factory and Administrative Building in Hà Nội by Indian Studio VDGA was nominated for award in Business Building category.
Star Engineers Factory and Administrative Building. — Photo archdaily.com
The 40,000 square-foot (3,700sq.m) campus contains both offices and a factory for Star Engineers.
According Dezeen’s site, the project explores the rustic and discreet material palette aligning the client requirements to site context.
“The building has a simple concrete form with a long colourful perforated metal screen adorned with greenery.
"The setup of adjoining corporate office and factory spaces involves a series of courtyards interwoven with the workspaces, which offer views of greenery and water,” the site says.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects, which was founded in 2006 and is a leading architectural practice in Việt Nam, is also among nominees for Architect of the Year.
With offices in Hồ Chí Minh City and Hà Nội, international architects, engineers, and staff work closely on cultural, commercial, and residential projects all over the world.
Vo Trong nghia Architects office in HCm City, Việt Nam.
The company pursues new methods in sustainable architecture while maintaining Asian architectural traditions.
The Dezeen Awards are an annual awards programme, now in its second year, which aims to identify the world's best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the best work.
This year's entries will be judged by an international panel comprised of 75 leading figures from the architecture and design world. — VNS