Vietnam's top architect Vo Trong Nghia took home two prizes at the 2009 International Architecture Awards in Helsinki, Finland, earlier this month.
Wind and Water Cafe and the Trung Nguyen Coffee Culture Center, designed by architect Nghia and partners, both took special prizes at the event, widely recognized as one of the world's most prestigious architecture competitions.
Wind and Water Cafe, which is built almost entirely of bamboo and uses a central pond as a natural air conditioner, is located in Binh Duong Province's Thu Dau Mot Town, 20 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. The Trung Nguyen Coffee Culture Center is located in Hanoi.
Last May, Nghia won the Silver prize at the Global Holcim Awards 2009 along with Japanese architects Kazuhiro Kojima and Daisuke Sanuki, with whom he designed a project to build a low-impact, ecologically-friendly university campus in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.