Archdaily, a US-based architectural magazine presented Vietnam's most renowned architect, Vo Trong Nghia, with its annual "Building of the Year" award for 2012 on February 14.
Nghia, who was born in 1976 in the central province of Quang Binh, won the prize for his "Stacking Green House," located in Ho Chi Minh City's District 2.
The house, which was co-designed by Sanuki Daisuke and Nishizawa Shunri of Japan, is 20 meters high and four meters wide.
The building's dozen levels of concrete planters create a vertical garden on its facade. The planters span from the side walls to cover the front and back of the building, and are spaced unevenly according to the height of the plants.
Automatic irrigation sprinklers fitted inside the planters allow for easy
watering and maintenance and the rooftop garden provides shelter from the noise coming from the street below.
The "Stacking Green House"
Inside the house, there are few partition walls in order to maximize views of the green facades and the building's ventilation.
After graduating from Japan's Nagoya Institute of Technology in 2002, Nghia earned his Master of Art Degree two years later at Tokyo University. He has become famous for creating environmentally-friendly buildings ever since.
The American magazine Architectural Record one of the leading information sources in the US for design, as well as modern and green architecture awarded Nghia with its Design Vanguard prize for 2012, saying he had successfully applied all techniques accumulated through the course of his study to the real world in Vietnam.
Aware that Vietnam, like all developing nations, is in the midst of losing its connection with the natural environment and faces a severe pollution crisis, Nghia is intent on designing eco-friendly edifices, according to Architectural Record.
The Vietnam's most famous architect has won more than 30 international awards, including two gold medals from the Association of Asian Architects, five from the International Architecture Award in 2008 and 2009, and two from Asia's FuturArc Green Leadership Award.
He was also named "Architect of the Year" for Vietnam last year by the Vietnamese architectural website Ashui.com
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