Büro Ole Scheeren Designs Trio of terraced towers For Empire City, Vietnam

The development in Ho Chi Minh City marks the architect’s first project in the country. Common etymological explanations connect the word to “firewood,” “kapok” (a local tree), and “forest.”

The development in Ho Chi Minh City marks the architect’s first project in the country. Common etymological explanations connect the word to “firewood,” “kapok” (a local tree), and “forest.”  It makes perfect sense, then, that German-born architect Ole Scheeren would turn to nature when designing his first project in the region. His office Büro Ole Scheeren unveiled a proposal for a cluster of three mixed-use towers in Ho Chi Minh City which, when completed, will hover over the city like a forest canopy.
Located in a crook of land created by the sinuous Saigon River, the development called Empire City will sprout from a terraced, landscaped podium. This verdant platform, tiered to evoke the area’s rice paddies, will form as a public garden and house flexible co-working spaces.
The tallest of the towers will rise more than 1,000 feet above the city, housing a hotel, apartments, and an observation deck. Three-quarters of the way up this 88-story skyscraper, Scheeren’s office placed a cloud-shaped stack. Called the “Sky Forest,” this floating series of garden terraces will serve as a “gesture of reconciliation between the city and the countryside,” according to the firm.
The two other shorter towers, meanwhile, will comprise a mix of office and residential space.
The Vietnam project marks Scheeren’s first project in the country. This project is one of a forest of towers Scheeren is designing across Europe and Asia, including a riverside high-rise in Frankfurt (announced this fall), in addition to towers in Thailand, China, and Singapore.
Continuing the garden-theme, German-born architect Ole Scheeren, famous for designing the CTBUH-award winning CCTV building in Beijing, has created a multi-level platform in the middle of the tower that will play host to the “sky forest”, an inside/outside garden inspired by Vietnam‘s famous terraced rice fields.
Q&A

✅ Where is the location of the Empire City project?

- Area 2B, Thu Thiem new urban area, District 2, Thu Duc city, Ho Chi Minh City.

✅ When is the Empire City project built and When is it expected to hand over apartment?

- Being built in 2017
- Handover from Q4/2020

✅ What is the project size?

- Total land area: 14.5 ha
- Construction density: 49.8%
- Number of blocks: 18 blocks
- Number of basements: 2 (B1 floor, B2 floor)
- Number of commercial floors: 1 (Floor 1)
- Number of apartment floors: from 2nd floor to 34th floor
- Total number of apartments: 3000 units

✅ Types of areas of Empire City apartments?

- 1 bedroom: 60-64 m2
- 2 bedrooms: 90-94 m2
- 3 bedrooms: 127-210 m2
- Duplex: 203 - 250 m2
- Penthouse: 250 - 350 m2

✅ The developer’s name and sales agent of the project?

- Developer’s name: Tien Phuoc Joint Venture - Keppel Land - Tran Thai - Gaw Capital Partner
- Sales agents: Savills, CBRE

✅ Do banks support home loans?

- Yes, Vietcombank, BIDV, techcombank...

✅ Is Empire City apartment for sale and lease?

- Yes

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