Japanese design selected for Vietnam’s Hoang Sa museum

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A mockup of the future Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) museum, which will be built in Da Nang's Hoang Sa District later this year.
A design submitted by a Japanese architecture firm has been selected to serve as the blueprint for the Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) museum in Da Nang's Hoang Sa District, the local authority announced Monday.
The design, which combines modern architecture and traditional stone cutting techniques, was submitted as part of an open contest which began in January.

Dang Cong Ngu, chairman of Hoang Sa District, announced that Fuminori Minakami, a group of designers from the Japanese Vright architecture company, beat out 43 contenders to become the winner.

Ngu was appointed as Hoang Sa mayor in 2009 in a largely symbolic move to assert sovereignty over the archipelago, which has been occupied by China since 1974.
The museum will be built later this year on a 700 square meter plot in Hoang Sa District, which faces the East Sea. The stone museum will display items collected by the former residents of the Paracel Archipelago prior to the Chinese invasion.

The museum complex will include two main buildings. An enlarged version of the official seal King Minh Mang (the second emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty) used to authorize the formation of the Hoang Sa navy in 1835 will be featured on the connective passage between the two buildings.

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