Milan Expo 2015: Vo Trong Nghia’s Lotus-Inspired Vietnamese Pavilion

Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled designs for the Vietnamese pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the lotus, the pavilion features a number of bamboo clad, umbrella-like structures supporting trees above a pool of water, in a composition reminiscent of their Kontum Indochine Cafe.

“The Lotus is ’s national flower, a symbol of purity, commitment and optimism for the future,” say the architects. “Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof that patience can turn difficulties into advantages.”

Vo Trong Nghia Wins ARCASIA Building of the Year

Bamboo Wing / . Image © Hiroyuki Oki

Vietnamese Practice Vo Trong Nghia Architects has taken home the top honor at the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) 2014 awards. The Dailai Bamboo Complex, consisting of the 2009 Bamboo Wing and the 2012 Dailai Conference Hall, was selected out of 276 entries to win Building of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious prizes in Asian architecture.

The award adds to the recent success for Vo Trong Nghia, who recently won the top prize in the AR House Awards for their House for Trees.

More on the Dailai Bamboo Complex after the break

Vo Trong Nghia named Vietnamese Architect of the Year

Stacking green / + + Shunri Nishizawa © Hiroyuki Oki

By popular vote on the architectural website Ashui.com, Vo Trong Nghia has been announced as Vietnam’s Architect of the Year 2012. The Quang Binh native was awarded over two other nominees after a four day public vote.

A graduate of Japan’s Nagoya Institute of Technology class of 2002, Vo Trong Nghia leads an award-wining, self-titled practice known for its intricate bamboo and sustainable structures.

View a selection of his work after the break.

Bamboo Booth 2012 / Vo Trong Nghia

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Architect: Vo Trong Nghia
Location: Hanoi,
Architects in charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Takashi Niwa, Kosuke Nishijima
Completion: April 2012
Photographs: Nguyen Quang Phuc, Vo Trong Nghia

wNw Cafe / Vo Trong Nghia

© Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia
Location: Province,
Completion: 2006
Project team: Minoru Sakata, Hisanori Ohara, Nguyen Hoa Hiep
Photographs: Dinh Thu Thuy, Hiroyuki Oki

 

wNw Bar / Vo Trong Nghia

© Phan Quang

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia
Location: Phu Tho district, Thu Dau Mot Town, ,
Project Completion: 2008
Construction Area: 250 sqm
Photographer: Phan Quang

Bamboo Wing / Vo Trong Nghia

© Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia
Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, province,
Completion Year: 2010
Construction Area: 1,600 sqm
Photo credit (construction): Vo TrongNghia Co., Ltd.
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa

© Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: , Daisuke Sanuki, (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.)
Location: Saigon, Vietnam
Photographers: Hiroyuki Oki

   

Binh Duong School / Vo Trong Nghia + Shunri Nishizawa + Daisuke Sanuki

© Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, , Daisuke Sanuki (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.)
Location: Binh Dương City,
Area: 5,300 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki