The latest Architectural Record, affiliated with the American Institute of Architects, highlights Vietnam as a new frontier — complete with a slide show of spectacular projects underway and planned in Saigon, Hanoi, Danang and elsewhere.
The magazine calls Vietnam a hot spot for Western architects and says more than 20 firms have projects there. Among them is Chicago-based Carlos Zapata Studio’s 68-story Bitexco Financial Tower that opened in Saigon last year featuring a helipad, and the 450-room waterfront Marriott under construction in Hanoi.
Some projects are major urban planning efforts that envision new cities within cities — such as a 27-acre development in Ho Chi Minh City featuring 1,600 homes. Another proposal calls for transforming 470 rural acres into dense urban neighborhoods in the Mekong Delta city of Long Xuyen.