Top Vietnamese architectural and property developers received awards in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) -
 The top 10 Vietnamese architectural and property developers and firms of 2018 were honoured at an annual ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City last week by Asia’s leading construction solution provider BCI.

The awards, which encourage socially responsible architecture, serve as a platform for domestic and international networking by elite architecture firms, property developers, manufacturers and service providers.

The portfolios of these elite architecture firms contain nearly 7.6 billion USD worth of properties scheduled to start construction in Vietnam this year, while the portfolios of these top developers contain around 4 billion USD.

The winners of 2018 are architecture and property developer firms with the greatest aggregate value of projects under construction during the last full calendar year weighted by the extent of their sustainability efforts.

For architectural firms, pre-tender projects were included to recognise early incorporation of green design efforts.

The awards for BCI Asia Top 10 Architects for 2018 were given to Archetype Vietnam Ltd, BE Southeast Asia Co Ltd, DAC – Vietnam Architectural Design and Consultancy Company, Dark Horse Architecture Co Ltd, DP Consulting Co Ltd, GK Archi Co Ltd, Mai-Archi Co Ltd, NQH Architects Co Ltd, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Vietnam) Co Ltd and West Green Design Inc.

The BCI Asia Top 10 Developers Awards for 2018 were presented to Dat Xanh Group, Empire Group, FLC Group, Hung Thinh Real Estate Business Investment Corporation, MBLand Holdings, Phuc Khang Corporation, Sun Group, Tien Phuoc Real Estate Joint Stock Company, VinaCapital Real Estate Co Ltd, and Vingroup.

Around 150 architects, designers, senior executives and leading professionals in the building and property development industry were presented with the FuturArc Prize (green design competition), FuturArc Green Leadership Award, and Interior Design Awards.

Currently in its 11th year, the FuturArc Prize, Asia’s foremost green building design competition, was first established as a platform where innovative ideas pour in from professionals and students globally.

Six winning designs were selected this year for “their take on a biophilic Asian city”.

This year the prize invited entrants to imagine a city of biophilic delight, and to investigate what is ‘nature’ when it is an integral part of a city.

They were tasked to make a case for how an Asian city might become a ‘forest’ (one that connects inhabitants to nature; restores ecosystem services; affects the form and shape of buildings and the network of streets and parks) and, in the process, create a new kind of urban ecology.

Nguyen Quynh Nghi from Vietnam and her team won the second place for their student entry titled Bio-Necropolis, which proposes generating a new park structure for a cemetery by using a variety of new technologies, thereby fulfilling humans’ role within the ecological cycle and improving the local economy.

Now in its eighth year, the FuturArc Green Leadership Award (FGLA) awarded nine outstanding green projects from five economies in Asia: Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The competition recognises teams behind green-built projects that have demonstrated the best in architectural innovation and environmental stewardship in the region.

Vietnam won four out of a total of nine prizes, with three going to Vo Trong Nghia Architects and the other to H&P Architects.

In its second year, the BCI Asia Interior Design Awards (IDA) recognise excellent interior architectural designs that stand out aesthetically, functionally and ergonomically.

This cycle, IDA 2018 expanded its scope to include projects based in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

It was also extended to the following categories: Schools, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Workplace, Residential, Retail and Exhibition.

Vietnam won nine merit prizes in IDA 2018. Ceremonies for the 14th BCI Asia Top Award were also held in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.-VNA