Construction has begun on the Atkins-designed Vincom Landmark 81 – a supertall skyscraper located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Atkins is the lead architect working closely with Arup for the structural design, one of many global projects on which the two British design companies are collaborating. With an expected height of 460m, this building will be the tallest building in Vietnam once completed, adding a new iconic landmark to Ho Chi Minh City’s ever growing skyline.
UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, said:
“Atkins and Arup are leading the way in unlocking the potential for British businesses in Vietnam. It’s a testament to their expertise that Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline will be shaped by British design, as they work on Vietnam’s tallest skyscraper. I’m pleased they were able to join me on my trade mission as we look to further export UK excellence and forge stronger links with the fast growing economies of South East Asia.”
Atkins’ scope includes architecture and landscape design. The 81-storey development is located in Vinhomes Central Park – one of the most prime locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Its frontage faces the beautiful Saigon River, and is conveniently connected via major road and water transportation. Featuring a modern and unusual architecture design that symbolises the diversity and fast-emergence of Ho Chi Minh City, this mixed-use development involves space for hotel, serviced residential apartment and retail. At the base of this skyscraper is a sumptuous shopping centre featuring the finest retailers under one roof for a top-class shopping experience. The 241,000m² development will also feature contemporary landscape design that merges natural beauty into this building.
Bertil de Kleynen, director of architecture and landscape for Atkins in Asia Pacific, said:
“Our challenge was to create a unique and dynamic landmark tower design to support Vingroup’s vision for a high-end mixed use development. The tower is integrated into the public realm that addresses sustainable design challenges at various interfaces of the project.
“This project marks a significant progress for Atkins in Vietnam and reinforces our track record in landmark projects on a global scale. On July 17, we have signed a strategic partnership agreement with Vingroup that will bring us more opportunities to cooperate beyond this projects. We are extremely proud to assist our client Vingroup – the most significant and active Vietnamese developer in the market – in developing international standards and creating landmarks that will be viewed as part of a modern and integrated Vietnam.”
The construction of Vincom Landmark 81 is expected to be completed in 2017.