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Pelli Clarke Pelliâs first Class A tower in Vietnam opens in Ho Chi Minh City

Pelli Clarke Pelli’s first Class A tower in Vietnam opens in Ho Chi Minh City

Pelli Clarke Pelli’s first Class A tower in Vietnam opens in Ho Chi Minh City

NEW HAVEN, Conn. November 16, /PR Newswire/ Hosted by the Vietcombank-Bonday-Benthanh Joint Venture Company, the grand opening of Vietcombank headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City took place November 7, 2015. The building recently received the Golden Prize of Construction Quality from Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction. Invited guests included dignitaries from the US Consulate, executives from Vietcombank, and officials from the local government. Senior Design Principal Fred Clarke, FAIA, Senior Associate Aicha Woods, and Project Manager Richard Turlington, AIA attended the event.

As Pelli Clarke Pelli’s first commission in Vietnam, the new headquarters of Vietcombank in Ho Chi Minh City is a strong and confident design, evoking stability, vision, and progress. The 35-story tower is located on Me Linh Square, a prominent landmark on the west bank of the Saigon River. Evoking classic skyscrapers, the building is distinguished by multiple setbacks, a celebratory crown, and a prominent spire. Materials were chosen to convey both permanence and forward-thinking innovation appropriate to an esteemed financial institution. The exterior wall incorporates light-colored granite within vertical metal ribs that accentuate the height of the building, and integrated custom lighting fixtures illuminate the entire tower at night. At the base of the tower, a loggia of six granite piers and a canopy mark the main entrance.

Inside, a frosted glass-and-wood screen divides the ground floor, creating separate lobbies for the bank and the offices. The lobbies include marble walls and slatted wood ceilings. To differentiate the spaces, the bank lobby has a green marble wall and the office lobby has walls of red marble. Both spaces have travertine floors and slatted ceilings of light-colored wood. The public spaces of the bank branch continue the materials palette of the lobbies with red marble walls and wood counters topped with black granite.

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