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Vietnam’s emerging architectural trends

As Vietnam starts building its tallest skyscraper, we take a look at the architectural trends emerging across the country.

2015 has marked a period of intense development and advancement for Vietnam. As the country’s economic position continues to improve, it is witnessing a major boom in construction. This property boom has seen an emerging trend towards a variety of new architecture and design. Recently, construction began on Ho Chi Minh’s 460-metre-high skyscraper, Landmark 81. Designed by British architect, Atkins, the building will add an iconic element to its ever-growing skyline, and is set to exceed the height of Kuala Lumpur’s nearby Petronas Towers. Landmark 81 is a perfect example of the current surge in modern architecture sweeping the country and epitomises the contemporary feel beginning to take shape.

However, Landmark 81 is not the only change to Vietnam’s architectural blueprint. A multitude of architects have played a part in the recent surge in impressive architectural design. An example of this can be seen in Naman Spa Resort in Danang, where the MIA Design studio have amalgamated white latticed screens and sweeping green plants to contrast between concrete and nature. This fragmented design successfully creates a peaceful and tranquil environment, allowing guests to completely relax and appreciate the resort’s primary purpose.

Dissimilar to the aforementioned contemporary designs, some Vietnamese architects have decided to elide traditional design techniques alongside more modern ideas. This building incorporates elements of the surrounding nature by constructing a thatched dome amid a pool of water. The architect has appropriately identified the need to permeate the environment, yet the distinct stepping-stone design reinforces a contemporary feel.

Vietnam’s architectural landscape will inevitably continue to grow and develop, harvesting a plethora of new and exciting prospects for the world of design. What will be most intriguing is seeing how the designers distance themselves from typically westernised ideas, and develop a personal style of architecture synonymous with modern-day Vietnam.


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