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AD Interviews: Vo Trong Nghia / Chicago Architecture Biennial

08:00 - 19 January, 2016

Visitors to the Chicago Architecture Biennial were greeted with the appearance of a small, 30 square meter home built of thatch and steel – the S House 3. The latest prototype in experiments with affordable, sustainable housing by Vo Trong Nghia, the exhibit allowed visitors to experience the home firsthand. Designed to be built for as little as $1,000 and last over 30 years, the exhibit challenged notions of sustainability and cost, proposing an optimistic look at the future of affordable housing.

The Architectural Review Announces Winners of the 2015 AR Emerging Architecture Awards

06:00 - 11 January, 2016
10 Cal Tower / Supermachine Studio. Image © Wison Tungthunya
10 Cal Tower / Supermachine Studio. Image © Wison Tungthunya

The Architectural Review have selected the winners of the 2015 AR Emerging Architecture Awards, billed as “the world's most popular and prestigious prize for up-and-coming architects, giving emerging practices invaluable impetus on their trajectory to wider recognition and success.” Previous award winners include Sou Fujimoto, Thomas Heatherwick, Sean Godsell, Jurgen Mayer H. and Li Xiaodong.

The award is given to completed projects, with entries consisting of buildings, interiors, landscaping, refurbishment, urban projects, temporary installations, furniture and product design. For its 17th year, the jury was comprised of architects Odile Decq, David Adjaye and Sir Peter Cook, and together they searched for what they referred to as the most “resistant” design.

Read on to see this year’s Emerging Architecture Award winners and a video with the jury on the selection process.

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects Unveil Fugitive Structures Pavilion for Australia

08:00 - 21 December, 2015
Courtesy of  The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)
Courtesy of The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)

The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) has announced the fourth iteration of its annual pavilion series Fugitive Structures. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the pavilion centers around “the innovative use of bamboo, and [the architect’s] passion and self-imposed duty to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation.”

Naman Retreat / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

19:00 - 15 December, 2015
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ngũ Hành Sơn, Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Principal Architect

  • Design Team

    Vu Hai, Ngo Thuy Duong, Dau Nhat Quang, Nghiem Dang Kieu Oanh, Nguyen Viet Hung, Nguyen Thi Thoa, Hoang Quoc Bao, Nguyen Van Thu
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Hiroyuki Oki

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Diamond Island Community Center / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

20:00 - 3 December, 2015
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5 Projects at the Chicago Biennial that Demonstrate the State of the Art of Sustainability

09:30 - 13 November, 2015

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the theme selected by directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda was deliberately wide in scope, with the expectation that more than one hundred exhibitors would each bring their own perspective on what is “The State of the Art of Architecture.” But where does that leave one of architecture's most widely adopted missions of the 21st century: sustainability? In this article, originally published on her blog Architectstasy as “Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the Art of Sustainability,” Jessica A S Letaw delves into five projects that take on sustainability in the context of Chicago's biennial.

At North America's inaugural Architecture Biennial in Chicago, “The State of the Art of Architecture,” architectural firms and practices from all six inhabited continents have been invited to display their work. Spanning all sizes and kinds of projects, the Biennial is showcasing solutions to design problems from spiderwebs to social housing.

US buildings use around 40% of all the country’s energy consumption. It is a disconcerting truth that even if every new building starting construction tomorrow were to be net-zero energy and net-zero water, we’d still be on a crash course, draining more naturally-available resources than our one planet can permanently sustain. In this environment, architectural designers have a special responsibility to educate themselves about innovative sustainable design techniques, from those that have worked for thousands of years to those that, as the Biennial’s title hopefully suggests, are state of the art.

So what does the Biennial have to say about sustainability? Five projects on display demonstrate different approaches at five different scales: materials, buildings, resources, cities, and the globe.

Bamboo Forest / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

02:00 - 4 November, 2015
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© Yoshifumi Moriya
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Principal Architects

    Vo Trong Nghia, Kosuke Nishijima
  • Project Team

    Kuniko Onishi, Nguyen Tat Dat, Takahito Yamada

  • Bamboo Construction Leader

    Nguyen Ba Tuong
  • Area

    97.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Yoshifumi Moriya

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S House 3 / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

20:00 - 27 October, 2015
Tom Harris, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
Tom Harris, Copyright Hedrich Blessing. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Naman Retreat Conference Hall / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

22:00 - 20 October, 2015
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Sen Village Community Center / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

19:00 - 18 October, 2015
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Hay Hay Restaurant and Bar / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

20:00 - 6 October, 2015
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Vo Trong Nghia Architects' Diamond Lotus Brings Greenery to Ho Chi Minh City

06:00 - 2 October, 2015
Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Known for their work in adding greenery to the cities of Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Architects have unveiled their latest set of condominiums for Ho Chi Minh City – three towers covered in bamboo. Located 3.5km from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, their project “Diamond Lotus” has enough units for 720 families, with a total floor space of 67,240 square meters across its three buildings. Read more about this project after the break.

Naman Retreat Beach Bar / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

20:00 - 28 September, 2015
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Vo Trong Nghia’s FPT University Ho Chi Minh City is Inspired by a "Forested Mountain"

06:00 - 1 September, 2015
Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has begun work on FPT University Ho Chi Minh City, a building set to begin a renewal of the natural landscape previously destroyed by mass development. In the city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, only 0.25% of the city is covered in greenery, contributing to environmental stress on its infrastructure - frequent energy shortages, increased pollution, and rising temperatures are more common as the city grows. Read more after the break

Naman Retreat the Babylon / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

20:00 - 3 August, 2015
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Vietnam Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

21:00 - 13 May, 2015
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Winners of the 2015 Building of the Year Awards

01:00 - 6 February, 2015

After two weeks of nominations and voting, we are pleased to present the winners of the 2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, the results shown here represent the collective intelligence of 31,000 architects, filtering the best architecture from over 3,000 projects featured on ArchDaily during the past year.

The winning buildings represent a diverse group of architects, from Pritzker Prize winners such as Álvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and Shigeru Ban, to up-and-coming practices such as EFFEKT and Building which have so far been less widely covered by the media. In many cases their designs may be the most visually striking, but each also approaches its context and program in a unique way to solve social, environmental or economic challenges in communities around the world. By publishing them on ArchDaily, these buildings have helped us to impart inspiration and knowledge to architects around the world, furthering our mission. So to everyone who participated by either nominating or voting for a shortlisted project, thank you for being a part of this amazing process, where the voices of architects from all over the world unite to form one strong, intelligent, forward-thinking message.

S HOUSE 3 / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Architects in Charge

    Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
  • Architect

    So Adachi
  • Contractor

    Wind and Water House JSC
  • Area

    31.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Hiroyuki Oki

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