House for Trees, designed by Vo Trong Nghia and two Japanese architects - Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima, wins first prize at the World Architecture Festival held in Singapore October 1-3, 2014. Photo credit: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
A Vietnamese architect and his Japanese partners won three prizes at the world's largest architectural awards at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
The architecture group, led by Vo Trong Nghia, claimed prizes in three different categories, including House and Housing, Future Projects Education, and Hotel and Leisure, during the international festival, which was held from October 1-3.
House for Trees, a building designed by Vo Trong Nghia and two Japanese architects - Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima, won first prize for home design.
Based on the theme of the potted trees typically found on rooftops and balconies in Vietnam, Nghia and his partners planted large sprawling trees on the roofs of a small campus of buildings -- turning each structure into a sort of pot.
The green trees sprouting from the tops of the five buildings in Ho Chi MInh City's Tan Binh District were lauded for their ability to cool and shade the structures.
On October 2, the festival organizers announced two other buildings from the Vietnamese group, including the Son La restaurant and the FPT Technology building, won the awards' second day.