The Chapel Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City

The Chapel Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, World Building of the Year, New Vietnamese Architecture

The Chapel, Vietnam

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 Building

The Chapel, Vietnam

The Chapel is a community space in a new urban ward on the outskirt of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The Chapel Vietnam by A21 Studio

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 Vietnam Building

The Chapel takes advantage of materials from the owner’s previous projects such as steel frames and metal sheets.

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World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2014 Winner:

The Chapel by a21studio won ‘World Building of the Year’ award at the World Architecture Festival 2014.

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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 Chapel Vietnam Building

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.

The Chapel Vietnam Building

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).

The Chapel Vietnam Building

The Chapel Vietnam Building

The Chapel Vietnam Building

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World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the largest annual festival and live awards programme for the global architecture community. In 2014 it took place at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on 1 – 3 Oct.

WAF has three central pillars of activity:
• A wide-ranging conference programme, featuring keynote lectures, dozens of expert-led talks and seminars from thought-leading architects and designers from across the globe.
• The world’s largest annual awards programme in which practices from around the world compete across 28 award categories for global recognition. Architects of every shortlisted project are invited to attend the festival to give a live presentation to a panel of judges, asserting their case for why their project should win. The winners of each category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building of the Year award, presided over by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, with the presentation of the award being the culmination of WAF 2014. This year’s super jury members are Richard Rogers (chair), Rocco Yim, Julie Eizenberg, Enric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.
• Three festival halls where all award entries are displayed in a unique awards gallery and where sponsors and suppliers can interact with delegates, make new contacts and showcase their services and products.




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