VietinBank Business Center is Foster + Partners first project in Vietnam and pioneers an ambitious sustainable agenda, while demonstrating the emergence of Hanoi as an international financial center. The development is characterised by two landmark towers and is strategically located between central Hanoi and the airport, forming a striking new gateway to the city.
As well as providing a new headquarters for VietinBank, one of Vietnam’s largest banking groups, the 300,000-square-metre mixed use scheme includes a range of leisure facilities. The taller tower, at 68-storeys, will provide an energy-efficient new headquarters for the Bank, while the second, 48-storey tower will house a five-star hotel, spa and serviced apartments. The towers are connected by a seven-storey podium building, which contains a range of shops, cafes and restaurants and is topped by roof gardens. The upper levels of each building have been sheared diagonally to create V-shaped peaks, which face away from the adjoining podium to address views of the city and surrounding landscape. Rising from a triangular footprint, the two wings of the towers are braced by a central green spine, formed by a series of connected atria, which contribute to the building’s ventilation strategy.
The scheme has a progressive environmental agenda and is designed to mitigate the effects of the area’s high levels of humidity using a low-energy, desiccant wheel. The system draws in humidity, separating the water from the atmosphere and exhaling hot, dry air, which can then be cooled by ground water and released back into the buildings. This is the first time this technology has been applied in the region on such a large scale. A serrated facade, made up of projecting fins at 4.5-metre intervals, provides both shade and a unit of measurement for cellular offices around the perimeter of the floor plate.