Foster + Partners just broke ground on Hanoi’s VietinBank Business Centre, which is the firm’s first project in Vietnam. Located strategically between central Hanoi and the airport, the project consists of two angular towers that will serve as a gateway to the city. The landmark towers includes energy-efficient design and an innovative and low-energy humidity reducing system, which is the first of its kind to be used on such a large-scale in the region.

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Foster + Partner’s project is a 300,000 square-meter mixed-use development composed of two towers and a seven-story tall podium, which holds conference facilities, luxury shops, cafes and restaurants and is topped by rooftop gardens. The taller of the two towers will house the headquarters for VietinBank, one of Vietnam’s largest banking groups, while the second tower will house a five-star hotel, spa and serviced apartments.

Energy-efficient design plays a huge role in the towers which feature facades composed of fins at 4.5-metre intervals that shade the interior spaces. The towers also feature an innovative system 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 expels hot, dry air. This air is then cooled by ground water in a heat exchanger and then released back into the buildings. VietinBank’s headquarters will be the first large-scale building in the region to use this technology.

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