HO CHI MINH CITY (Vietnam News / Asia News Network): The Veil-White Palace event and exhibition center in HCM City is among the shortlisted projects of the upcoming World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2021, dubbed the “Oscars of the ‘architecture’.
The building will also be the sole representative of Vietnamese architecture at the prestigious architecture event that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, December 1-3. It will be presented in the Posting – Completed Buildings category.
Now in its 13th year, WAF is the world’s largest annual festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence from around the world.
It serves as a platform for the architecture community to share their expertise and learn from each other. It is also the only global architecture festival that combines awards, seminars and networking.
Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the WAF must migrate its 2021 event to a live, interactive digital format, as well as the sister event INSIDE World Festival of Interiors.
The Veil was designed by architect Nghiêm Đình Toàn of me + Architect Company and completed in 11 months.
“Being shortlisted for the WAF is really our great pleasure,” said Toàn.
“This is an important step in the development of me + Architect as well as mine personally.”
The architect also expressed his hope that The Veil becomes an interesting highlight for Vietnamese architecture at this year’s WAF.
Covering a total area of 20,000 m², the event and exhibition center is designed from an architectural inspiration drawn from the veil of a bride on her wedding day.
Seen from the outside, The Veil with its translucent design embraces the walkways and creates folds for the building. It can accommodate up to 6,500 people.
This idea contributed to the visualization of the building while creating depth, mystery and privacy for the interior space.
It also helps to create open spaces for the building, bringing light and natural air to its functional areas in a harmonious way.
These natural elements add an extra touch of delicacy to the existing structure, generating changing movements through architectural environments while creating a positive impact on the emotions of visitors when they are inside.
According to Toàn, The Veil should become a place where encounters between people, whether accidental or intentional, are nurtured not only in comfort but also in beauty, romance, thus creating cohesive communities. – VNS