Foster + Partners’ first landmark project in Vietnam has a Low-Energy Design

October 25, 2010 / No Comments

Foster + Partners’ first project in Vietnam boasts of a unique green design. It comprises two towers, one for the headquarters of VietinBank. This tower is the largest among the two. The other building is meant for the purpose of housing a five-star hotel, spa and serviced apartments. VietinBank is one among the largest banking groups in Vietnam. Located amidst the business center of Hanoi, between central Hanoi and the airport, the two towers will serve as a gateway to the city. Apart from these two angular towers, it also features a podium, which holds conference facilities, luxury shops, cafes and restaurants. This structure consists of seven storeys and is also equipped with rooftop gardens.

VietinBank Business Center Foster + Partners’ first landmark project in Vietnam has a Low Energy Design

The most significant aspect of the landmark structures is the incorporation of an innovative and low-energy humidity reducing system. It is designed to mitigate the area’s high levels of humidity using a low-energy desiccant wheel.

High humidity air is drawn into the system, which pulls out the water and his in turn expels hot and dry air. This air is then cooled by ground water in a heat exchanger and then released back into the buildings.

The project also feature facades composed of fins at 4.5-metre intervals that provide sufficient shade to the interior spaces. This will be the first large-scale building in the region to use this technology.

This mixed-use development project by Foster + Partners accounts for a total of 300,000 square-meters.

(Via Inhabitat)