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SOM lands Vietnamese 'green city' masterplan

[FIRST LOOK] The London office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has landed the masterplan for the new Green Tech City in Hanoi, Vietnam

Backed by Blenheim Properties, the ‘sustainable urban district’ will cover 145 hectares and will incorporate two existing villages, eventually housing a population of more than 20,000 people.

According to the practice the plans ‘expand and reinforce the local traditions and green urban character of Hanoi.’

A spokesman said: ‘In addition to a new linear riverfront park, the masterplan generates a series of organic, low-rise, pedestrian-friendly residential neighbourhoods within the planned ‘Green Corridor’. This is balanced by a more urban and dense edge of high rise development articulating the future skyline of the district. 

‘A complete urban living environment will emerge on site, including a variety of housing types integrated with schools, healthcare clinics, sports and other public facilities.’ 

At the heart of the project is a proposed Cultural Forum building which will become an ‘iconic meeting space for this new community and the wider population of Hanoi’.

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