Ho-Chi-Minh, Vietnam | 2010 | Multipurpose buildings
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An iconic tower of Ho Chi Minh development

  • Client: Binh Minh Import Export Production & Trade Co. Ltd., Ho Chi Minh City Branch (BITEXCO)
  • Prime Contractor: AREP Ville (architect and design office team leader) / J.M. Duthilleul, E. Tricaud; ZAPATA (architect); I.D. Associés (interior architecture); L.E.R.A. (structure); D.S.A. (fluids), Barker Mohandas (elevators)
  • Site surface : 95 000 m² - 48 floors 
  • Delivery: end of 2010

Awards and prizes

  • 2011 - Excellence in Structural Engineering Award
The BITEXCO Financial Tower is an iconic symbol of the development of Ho Chi Minh City.
The tower asserts its identity through its height and its geometry of taut curves rising up from the dense city below. Located in the heart of the city near the river Saigon, the tower stands at the intersection of three streets (Hai Trieu, Ho Tung Mau and Ngo Duc Ke).
Shaped like a huge leaf curled in on itself and opening out to the sky, the tower evokes both nature and traditional architecture and objects made from assembled or woven plant material.
The 68-storey tower stands on a base whose first five floors house a shopping mall, conference facilities and restaurants.The ground floor is extended by an esplanade and terraces planted with trees.
Most of the tower itself is given over to offices. The upper part above the helipad comprises 18 prestige floors, a panoramic bar and a VIP restaurant.
The construction of the BITEXCO Financial Tower involved an international design team. They have created a pioneering building and a landmark for today's Vietnam.