Atkins has completed the design of the Lavenue Crown Hotel – an iconic new building in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. The tower’s elegant lotus flower form is a reflection of the client, Lavenue Investment Corporation’s ambitious vision for this flagship project, set to become an iconic landmark on the emerging skyline of Ho Chi Minh City.
Located at one of the most important junctions on Le Duan Boulevard, close to the city’s cathedral and the historic City Post Office, the 36-storey development will become home to a luxury five-star Langham hotel, a boutique retail mall, serviced apartments and a spectacular sky bar upon completion. The tower is approximately 160 metres high with a total gross floor area of 66,000 square metres and takes full advantage of the excellent views in almost all directions. It features four petal-like facades that extend down to provide a series of canopies and up to shelter the roof terraces of the sky bar.
Ian Milne, Atkins’ senior design director in Hong Kong, said:
“Our challenge was to design a tower with a grand entrance on a tightly constrained site. Our design delivers this, along with a generous public space and drop off area while achieving the best building shape to maximise the total gross floor area.”
Tri Quang Mai, Atkins’ chief representative in Vietnam, said:
“The tower, once completed, will become one of the most important urban landmarks which reflects the contemporary, vibrant and dynamic nature of Ho Chi Minh City.”
Ho Chi Minh City’s foundation dates back to as early as the 16th century AD with a large citadel built on a commercial port by the river. Over the centuries, the city grew from a single fortress structure to being the largest and most important commercial and tourist city in Vietnam, home to nearly 10 million people and covering an area of over 2000 sq km. Its population is expected to reach 13.9 million by 2025.
Atkins’ service consists of concept design, schematic design, design development, tender documentation, review of local architects’ design documentation and site review.
Further Atkins’ projects in Vietnam include the design of a five star hotel on a prominent beach side location in Nha Trang and the masterplan for a new community in Vung Ro Bay, situated on Vietnam’s most easterly point. Significant elements of the plan include a marina, a resort hotel and luxury villas.