New skyscraper to rise above Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is moving forward with plans to build Vietnam’s largest skyscraper. At 460 metres, The Vincom Landmark 81 will be the latest building to rise into the Southeast Asian sky.

According to a report in Architectural Digest, the British architecture firm Atkins based in London have designed the new building. Rising above the city’s Saigon River, the building will be built in collaboration with British engineering group Arup.

Bertil de Kleynen, director of architecture and landscape for Atkins in Asia Pacific, said the tower marks “significant” progress for the firm in Vietnam.

The building’s owners, Vingroup, are leading an investment push in Vietnam to help increase the city’s international status. Real estate experts believe when the skyscraper is completed, many of the building’s tenants will be foreign companies and residents. The company’s major subsidiary is Vincom Retail Co. who owns and operates shopping malls throughout the country. For travellers to Asia, Ho Cho Minh City is a popular city to include on Mekong river cruises.

"Our challenge was to create a unique and dynamic landmark tower design to support Vingroup's vision for a high-end mixed-use development,” de Kleynen said in launching the project. “The tower is integrated into the public realm that addresses sustainable design challenges at various interfaces of the project."

Once built, the building will be the tallest tower in Vietnam – standing at 1,509 feet. That height will exceed the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia rising to 1,483 feet and the Princess Tower in Dubai at 1,358 feet.

The glass-encased skyscraper is expected to be completed in 2017. It will boast luxury apartments, corporate office space, a marina and a 241,000 square metre shopping centre at the base of the tower. Investors also plan to follow up the construction of the skyscraper with other property enhancements including villas, a golf course, an entertainment park, an eco-park and a cable car service. Costs are expected to exceed £555 million.

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