Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam by AREP
September 21st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AREP
Located in downtown Ho Chi Minh city, near the Saigon River, the programme includes a 68-storey office building with a shopping mall in its base. The outline of the tower, which is surrounded by a water feature, is reminiscent of a lotus flower. The platform of helicopters in door with forgery of 25 m reminds a petal of flower. The shape consists of a complex geometry, oblique cylinders taken back in facade with glass modules in curve and segmented. Its plastic aspect is strengthened at night by a white lighting which emphasizes the vertical leaf, the soffite of the platform and the pinnacle of the tower.
Cafe’s with outdoor terraces, granite benches and trees dot the esplanade. The building is located at the intersection of three thoroughfares: Hai Trieu, Ho Tung Mau and Ngo Duc Ke streets, near the Saigon river right in the city centre. The programme features three levels of basement parking, a retail podium on five floors and a covered atrium, topped off by the office block. The top 18 floors have a panoramic restaurant, a VIP bar, and 13 floors of prestige office space. Elevators with double cabins serving officesare managed by a system of grouping of call to minimize the waiting times. An express service connects the ground with the public VIP levels grouped with the platform situated in the 50th floor. They offer to the general public a visit and a unique view on the city and its river.
Technical facilities are located on the 29th and 30th floors and at the very top. Technical floor space has also been created beneath the shopping mall to house the cooling towers, and on several basement levels to house generators, heating oil and water tanks.
The programme observes a careful balance between modernity and tradition. The tower’s design projects a highly contemporary image. The use of wood shutters acting as sun screens on the facade echoes the traditional arts of weaving and assembling natural products through the choice of materials and their patterning. These shutters, the size of which varies around the tower, are constituted by horizontal blades and stalks in stainless steel. They are denser in the heart, indicated by a white screen printing which allows to differentiate the vertical leaf in rise. A future benchmark for high-rise construction in Vietnam, the project is being taken forward by an international team, intent on creating a flagship building.