The Chapel Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, World Building of the Year, New Vietnamese Architecture
The Chapel Vietnam – HCMC Building
Community Building in Ho Chi Minh City, South East Asia design by a21studio Architects
22 Oct 2016
The Chapel, Vietnam
Design: a21studio, architects
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam
The Chapel, Vietnam
The Chapel is a community space in a new urban ward on the outskirt of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The surrounding area lacks communal centers; therefore, the Chapel is designed to be the place for people to participate in activities such as conferences, weddings and exhibitions.
The Chapel takes advantage of materials from the owner’s previous projects such as steel frames and metal sheets.
World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2014 Winner:
The Chapel by a21studio won ‘World Building of the Year’ award at the World Architecture Festival 2014.
Commending the winning project on behalf of the festival’s super-jury, Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said at the time, “The judges felt this was a project that embraced history and modernity, and created a dialogue in the process. It has created maximum effect with minimum materials and has produced an unexpected change of pace in its urban context.
The opportunity has been taken to recycle and rethink materials and site, and a series of design issues have been addressed which have produced a small project that makes a big statement. Colour and light have been deployed to put people at ease and the architect has found poetry in the mundane.”
The project was selected by the festival’s super-jury, comprising a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers, led by renowned British architect Richard Rogers, and included Rocco Yim (Hong Kong), Julie Eizenberg (USA), Enric Ruiz Geli (Spain) and Peter Rich (South Africa).
Live judging of the WAF awards took place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which culminated with a gala dinner and awards’ ceremony at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, on the 3rd of October 2014.
It was the 7th year the World Architecture Festival awards had been presented, with 33 WAF awards announced across the three main sections of Completed Buildings, Landscape and Future Projects.
Previous winners of the World Building of the Year Award include Luigi Bocconi University, Milan, designed by Irish practice Grafton Architects (2008); Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa, designed by Peter Rich Architects of Johannesburg (2009); MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (2010); Media TIC, designed by Cloud 9 Architects (2011); Gardens By The Bay, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier Ten (2012); Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp (2013).
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