Architect Ole Scheeren has unveiled plans to build a 333-metre-high skyscraper in Vietnam‘s largest city, which will mimic the topography of the country’s natural landscape.
Called Empire City, the building will be built near the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, in a rapidly developing area on the east side of the Saigon River.
It will be made up of three towers, which will rise up from a “mountain-shaped” podium. This podium will feature terraced gardens, designed to be reminiscent of Vietnam’s tiered paddy fields, while the tallest of the towers will swell out near the top, to create an elevated garden, or “sky forest”.
“I felt we should think about the future of architecture and of the city itself, and think of ways that nature and human beings can coexist,” Schereen told Dezeen.
“But we wanted about ways that nature could not only exist on the ground, but also high up in the sky,” he said. “So we created a podium like a giant terraced landscape, to anchor three towers to the ground, and this landscape is then pulled up into the sky.”
“This gives the public access to the incredible height of the building and allows them to really explore the organic forces of nature.”