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‘Cocoon’ winner at ‘Housing solution for disaster areas’ contest
Hung Le
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‘Cocoon’ winner at ‘Housing solution for disaster areas’ contest

Hung Le

Students winning the first prize of the “Housing Solution for Disaster Areas” contest - PHOTO: HUNG LE

“Cocoon” as a housing architecture model by a group of students from the Dalat-based Camus of the HCMC Architecture University, has just won the first prize of a contest named “Housing solution for disaster areas” organized by TOTO Vietnam. The three students, comprising Pham Quang Linh, Cao Hoang Son and Huynh Thi Thuy Dung, outperformed 35 other groups to bag the award with a cash prize of VND15 million at a ceremony in HCMC last Saturday.

The students introduced the “Cocoon” as a compact housing unit for a family of four. The structure has the frame made of steel, while the floor is made of ready-tailored panels, while the wall and the roof are made of water-proof canvas. The housing unit is anchored to the ground, and can be towed from place to place.
The award ceremony took place as part of the “Works & Humanitarian Activities” event last weekend in HCMC, attracting up to 1,500 architecture students and those who work in the field. The event was held by TOTO Vietnam and TOTO Gallery MA.

Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect known for his innovative works with cardboard tubes, was invited by TOTO Vietnam to give a speech at the event. Shigeru Ban is known to have helped the community via his housing solutions for homeless people as well as those who have lost their home due to natural disasters, by utilizing unique, low-cost, and eco-friendly materials.

Ban noted that many people are suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters. Instead of providing them temporary shelters with poor infrastructure as authorities often do, Ban can help them live comfortably in unique shelters for disaster victims.

Thanks to his innovative talent, Shigeru Ban was awarded the 2014 Pritzker Prize, a highly prestigious honor often regarded as the Nobel Prize of Architecture.

Nguyen Tan Van, chairman of the Vietnam Association of Architects, said in a statement that Vietnam and Japan share a special relationship due to the similarities between the two economies and societies, and various Japanese projects and construction experiences have become educational examples for Vietnamese architects.

The “Housing Solution for Disaster Areas” contest is an architectural design competition for university students in Vietnam, inspired by Shigeru Ban’s humanitarian architectural works.

In addition to announcing the results and holding the awards ceremony for the Top 3 best designs, the organizer also dedicated a special award chosen by the Honorary Judge Shigeru Ban. The winning ideas will also be displayed at the “Works & Humanitarian Activities” exhibition space.

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