Vietnamese architect Hoang Thuc Hao has won a gold medal at the SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia 2016 for his concept of “happiness architecture”.
His designs include the Bhutan Happiness Centre (pictured) and in his homeland Lung Luong School in Thai Nguyen province, Suoi Re Communal House in the north-western province of Hoa Binh, Cam Thanh Communal House in Quang Nam province and rural houses in Ha Giang.
The designs feature the culture of the localities and highlight unique local innovations.
The biennial SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for outstanding Asian architects was launched by the Singapore Institute of Architects and Getz Bros & Co. in 2005.
It aims to honour architects and their contribution to architecture in Asia while increasing public appreciation of Asian architecture.
According to SIA President Richard Ho, Hao’s designs are appreciated by marginalised communities.