The Dolphin Plaza building in Hanoi’s outlying district of Tu Liem, won first prize in the 2012 Vietnam National Architecture Awards – marking the first victory by a luxury apartment complex.

Designed by architect Tan Jiann Woei, the 28-storey condominium complex won praise from the jury for its modern design and eco-friendly orientation.

Second prizes were presented to five "outstanding" architectural works and design projects: a book by Pham Duc Nguyen on the development of sustainable and green architecture in Vietnam, Vincom Village in Hanoi (architect Nguyen Anh Vinh), Can Tho city's ferry station, the Dai Lai Conference Centre in Vinh Phuc (architect Vo Trong Nghia) and the Dak Lak Museum (architect Tien Thuan).

The organising board also presented 17 third prizes and 15 consolation prizes as well as two certificates of merit.

The awards will be presented on April 26 during a ceremony in Hanoi to mark the 65th anniversary of the Viet Nam Architects' Association (VAA).

The biennial awards were jointly held by the VAA, the Ministry of Construction and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

As many as 15 publications, 24 urban planning and design projects and 101 architectural works competed this year.-VNA