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Future Saigon: The One Ho Chi Minh City

It’s been over a year since the row of old shop houses were torn down across from the Ben Thanh Market bus station to make way for The One Ho Chi Minh City. After a period of relative quiet, it looks like construction of the mega project is back in full swing though we doubt it will be finished by the planned 2015 completion date.

Construction underway last week.

According to the developer, Bitexco, the project includes 2 towers – West and East that will stand 55 and 48 stories, respectively and are designed to reflect the Vietnamese myth of the 2 dragons:

“The podium represents the coiled tails, while the two dragons rise from the land. The cantilevered tops represent the dragon's heads. The glass cubes are figurative depictions of Vietnamese pearls in the mouths of the dragons.” 

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The West tower will contain offices and a Ritz-Carlton hotel while the East tower will house residential apartments.

While not far from the skyscrapers on Nguyen Hue and Ham Nghi, the One Ho chi Minh City will surely stand out amonst the low-flug building surrounding Ben Thanh Market.

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