Vietnam’s ‘city within a city’: Foster + Partners architects reveal ambitious plan

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Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

One of the UK’s leading architecture firms has unveiled plans for a new, leafy ‘city within a city’ in Vietnam.

The new 290-acre (about half a square mile) neighborhood will be built around a long “spine” of trees and greenery in the country’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, according to architects Foster+ Partners.

Called “The Global City”, the project includes high-rise and low-rise residential buildings, social housing and villas, in addition to schools, a shopping center and medical facilities. Flanked by two waterways, the community will include five different neighborhoods connected by a central park and boulevard, as well as a series of pedestrian bridges.

According to Toby Blunt, senior partner at Foster + Partners, the firm inherited the overall master plan but was tasked with improving “its integration with nature, while increasing pedestrian connectivity between the different neighborhoods”, he said. he writes by e-mail.

The project is expected to be completed within four years, according to Masterise Homes, a real estate company also working on the neighborhood.

In a press release, Foster + Partners studio director Gerard Evenden highlighted the number of green spaces in the plan, including parks, courtyards and gardens. “The design seeks to strike a balance between biodiversity and human well-being,” he said, calling it “a holistic and sustainable blueprint for the future.”

The design of the district references the architectural traditions of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, through the use of bricks and wood, according to the press release. The southeastern city is known for its wide mix of styles, from French colonial landmarks like the Saigon Opera House, to modernist concrete buildings and contemporary additions to the skyline, like the lotus flower-inspired Bitexco Tower. .

Foster + Partners, which was founded by renowned British architect Norman Foster, is known for its eye-catching projects including the Hearst Tower in New York and 30 St Mary Axe, known as “The Gherkin”, in London.

“The Global City” is one of many futuristic master plans the company has developed in recent years, with its team currently working on various planning projects designed to revitalize urban areas or create new sustainable communities in densely populated cities. . Foster + Partner’s proposed redesign of Stockholm’s central Slussen district is set to be completed by 2025, while the sprawling South Sabah Al-Ahmad, a new town that will be home to around 280,000 residents in Kuwait, is set to open in 2040.

The architects are also working on another project in Vietnam: the twin-towered VietinBank business center just outside Hanoi in the north of the country.

Top image: A digital rendering of “The Global City”.

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