Vietinbank in Hanoi is Foster + Partners first project in Vietnam. We have produced an animation touring the scheme through the 300,000-square-metre mixed-use development. It comprises two towers, connected by
a seven-storey podium building containing conference facilities, luxury shops, cafes and restaurants
and topped by roof top gardens. the taller tower, at 68-storeys, will provide an energy-efficient
new headquarters for Vietinbank, one of vietnam’s largest banking groups. The second, 48-storey
tower will house a five-star hotel, spa and serviced apartments.
The animation has been used extensively by the client in publicising the project and has appeared on local Vietnamese TV.
Zaha Hadid has unveiled designs for a new Cambodian institution made up of five interwoven wooden towers to house the largest archive of genocide-related documents in Southeast Asia.
The London-based architect – who is best known for utilising modern materials such as concrete, fibreglass and resin – chose timber for the tapered wooden structures of the Sleuk Rith Institute, a building conceived by human rights activist Youk Chhang for the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.
The facility will hold the archive of the Documentation Centre of Cambodia, a non-profit organisation that records the atrocities carried out during the Khmer Rouge period in the 1970s, commonly known as the Cambodian Holocaust.