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Foster + Partners, one of the UK’s largest architecture firms, has unveiled their “city within a city” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Foster + Partners said that the district is named “The Global City” and will be 290 acres (about half a square mile), built around a long “spine” of trees and greenery in the country’s biggest metropolis.
The project includes high- and low-rise residential buildings, public housing and villas, schools, a shopping mall, medical facilities, a central park, a boulevard, and pedestrian bridges, with five different communities. It is also flanked by two waterways.
According to Toby Blunt, a senior partner at Foster + Partners, the firm inherited the overall masterplan but was tasked with enhancing “its integration to nature, while increasing pedestrian connectivity between the different neighborhoods,” he wrote via email.
Masterise Homes says that the project will be completed in four years. Masterise Homes is a property firm also working on The Global City.
Foster + Partners’ studio head Gerard Evenden emphasized the number of green spaces in the plans, including courtyards and gardens. “The design seeks to strike a balance between biodiversity and human well-being,” he said in a press release, calling it “a holistic, sustainable masterplan for the future.”
The press release added that the district’s design references the architectural traditions of Ho Chi Minh City with brick and timber. Ho Chi Minh is known for its broad styles, from French colonial landmarks like the Saigon Opera House to concrete modernist apartment blocks and contemporary additions to the skyline, like the lotus flower-inspired Bitexco Tower.
Foster + Partners is known for projects like the Hearst Tower in New York and 30 St Mary Axe, known as “The Gherkin,” in London. It was founded by British architect Norman Foster.
“The Global City” is one of several futuristic masterplans that the firm has developed in recent years, aiming to revitalize urban areas or create new sustainable communities in densely populated cities. For example, Foster + Partners’ overhaul of Stockholm’s central Slussen district is to be completed by 2025, while the sprawling South Sabah Al-Ahmad, a new city, will house an estimated 280,000 residents in Kuwait and is scheduled to open in 2040.
The architects are also working on another project in Vietnam: the two-tower VietinBank Business Center just outside of Hanoi, in the country’s north.