UK star architectural design firm creates new township in Ho Chi Minh City

The Global City development in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

British architecture firm Foster + Partners, known for iconic developments across the world, has been commissioned to design a completely new 117.4-hectare township in Vietnam’s business hub of Ho Chi Minh City which will include residential neighbourhoods together with education, medical and leisure facilities and a green environment with parks and walkways.

“The Global City” project will be located in An Phu ward, Thu Duc district northeast of the city center, and include high-rise and low-rise apartments, villas and social housing, a 125,000-square meter shopping mall, along with other amenities for a mixed-use community. The scale, material selection and design of the residential buildings are influenced by the vernacular style of Ho Chi Minh City, referencing to the local streetscape. Brick and timber are the main materials used in order to complement the city’s existing architectural palette, the company said in a release.

Iconic works across the world

Foster + Partners, founded in 1967 by British architect and designer Norman Robert Foster, is probably best known best for iconic works such as Apple Park, the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., as well as Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, London City Hall and the redevelopment of London’s Battersea Power Station, the Millau Viaduct in France, the tallest bridge in the world, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Astana, Kazakhstan, the HSBC Tower and the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong or the Beijing and Hong Kong international airports, just to quote a few.

In Southeast Asia, Foster + Partners have also developed (or are developing) a number of projects, namely the New Supreme Court Building and the Expo MRT Station in Singapore, the Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Perak and The Troika and Arcoris Residences luxury condominium projects in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the New Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia, the VietinBank Business Center Office Tower in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the The Estate Makati, a residential skyscraper in Metro Manila, Philippines.

The firm has recently also unveiled designs for a residential neighbourhood on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand called The Forestias which will have a large tropical forest at its center.

Neighbourhoods with “distinctive characteristics” and local colour

The project in Ho Chi Minh City, which has been commissioned by local developer Masterise Homes, is the first township project for Foster + Partners in Vietnam, the bureau’s senior partner Toby Blunt said, adding that “we are excited to extend our footprint in the country.”

The Global City will comprise five different neighbourhoods, each with “distinct characteristics” with green areas, including parks and gardens, located throughout the city to improve its biodiversity. The project’s high-rise residential buildings will be located on a central boulevard which doubles as a large public park for the city, providing residents and visitors with riverside views.

Pedestrian footbridges will connect the residential boulevard with adjoining neighbourhoods, providing the city with easy walking routes to “promote physical wellbeing.”



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[caption id="attachment_38291" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Global City development in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam[/caption] British architecture firm Foster + Partners, known for iconic developments across the world, has been commissioned to design a completely new 117.4-hectare township in Vietnam’s business hub of Ho Chi Minh City which will include residential neighbourhoods together with education, medical and leisure facilities and a green environment with parks and walkways. “The Global City” project will be located in An Phu ward, Thu Duc district northeast of the city center, and include high-rise and low-rise apartments, villas and social housing, a 125,000-square meter shopping mall,...

The Global City development in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

British architecture firm Foster + Partners, known for iconic developments across the world, has been commissioned to design a completely new 117.4-hectare township in Vietnam’s business hub of Ho Chi Minh City which will include residential neighbourhoods together with education, medical and leisure facilities and a green environment with parks and walkways.

“The Global City” project will be located in An Phu ward, Thu Duc district northeast of the city center, and include high-rise and low-rise apartments, villas and social housing, a 125,000-square meter shopping mall, along with other amenities for a mixed-use community. The scale, material selection and design of the residential buildings are influenced by the vernacular style of Ho Chi Minh City, referencing to the local streetscape. Brick and timber are the main materials used in order to complement the city’s existing architectural palette, the company said in a release.

Iconic works across the world

Foster + Partners, founded in 1967 by British architect and designer Norman Robert Foster, is probably best known best for iconic works such as Apple Park, the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., as well as Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, London City Hall and the redevelopment of London’s Battersea Power Station, the Millau Viaduct in France, the tallest bridge in the world, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Astana, Kazakhstan, the HSBC Tower and the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong or the Beijing and Hong Kong international airports, just to quote a few.

In Southeast Asia, Foster + Partners have also developed (or are developing) a number of projects, namely the New Supreme Court Building and the Expo MRT Station in Singapore, the Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Perak and The Troika and Arcoris Residences luxury condominium projects in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the New Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia, the VietinBank Business Center Office Tower in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the The Estate Makati, a residential skyscraper in Metro Manila, Philippines.

The firm has recently also unveiled designs for a residential neighbourhood on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand called The Forestias which will have a large tropical forest at its center.

Neighbourhoods with “distinctive characteristics” and local colour

The project in Ho Chi Minh City, which has been commissioned by local developer Masterise Homes, is the first township project for Foster + Partners in Vietnam, the bureau’s senior partner Toby Blunt said, adding that “we are excited to extend our footprint in the country.”

The Global City will comprise five different neighbourhoods, each with “distinct characteristics” with green areas, including parks and gardens, located throughout the city to improve its biodiversity. The project’s high-rise residential buildings will be located on a central boulevard which doubles as a large public park for the city, providing residents and visitors with riverside views.

Pedestrian footbridges will connect the residential boulevard with adjoining neighbourhoods, providing the city with easy walking routes to “promote physical wellbeing.”



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