Created by Vo Trong Nghia Architects – a leading architectural practice in Vietnam, with offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and projects worldwide – the new city hall design slated for Bac Ninh City in Vietnam is a vertical extension of the surrounding park landscape.
The city hall tower design is a green project that closely reflects the firm’s penchant for working with light, wind and water elements, and using natural, local materials to create a contemporary design that maintains the essence of Asian architectural expression.
Bac Ninh City, which is traditionally an agricultural area, is currently undergoing a growth in industrial factories and businesses. This growth has encouraged the government to develop a city that is more energy efficient and sustainable; an aim the new green tower design strives to achieve. The city hall proposal is perceived as a new symbol for the city, one that serves as a catalyst to unite greenery and culture together.
Designed to sit at the centre of the urban area, the tower will rise adjacent to a green space, expanding the park environment with the use of greenery planted on the many levels of the tower via extended balconies that rise to the top of the development.
The development consists of two buildings that appear to push together as they rise, representing “mutual respect between the government and citizen” explains the architects. While one tower will be filled with government offices, the second tower will house the citizen centre and the office for the government party.
A cultural base sits at ground level, joining the two towers and serving as a cultural hall. An observation deck sits at the top of the highest tower, allowing elevated views of the surrounding city that can be accessed by the public.