Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City

Setting new standards for offices in Vietnam

We are constructing a pioneering, sustainable office development that will facilitate trading and cultural exchange between German and Vietnamese companies and institutions.

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Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City Project summary

Client

Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh Stadt Ltd

Key partners

Gerkan, Marg und Partner, WSP

Value

£80.5m

Services provided

Construction management, Project and programme management

Sectors

Offices, Mixed-use development

Locations

Vietnam

Project timeline

Start date
December 2013
Status
Live
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Project story

Vietnam and Germany established a strategic partnership in 2011 to enhance the political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries.

Deutsches Haus, a premium-grade office building in Ho Chi Minh City, will provide a focal point for German business and technology, and facilitate closer economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

Having successfully project managed high-specification embassy and consulate projects for the German government, as well as having a professional and highly motivated team on the ground in Vietnam, we were appointed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs to deliver the 25-storey building.

Our expertise in sustainability has led to Vietnam's first application for ‘Platinum’ LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

We are dramatically improving working practices and adding value to the supply chain by sharing new approaches to health and safety with our local contractors.

“We’re delighted to be involved in this high-profile project, which will be at the forefront of state-of-the-art sustainable office developments in Vietnam. Our team is working closely with the designers and the contractors to set new standards for the building’s construction.”

project stats

52k sqm of commercial office space
60k + cubic metres of soil excavated and disposed of sustainably

points of note

The concept

Commissioned by the German Consulate, which owns the site, the 25-storey building will house organisations including Germany's Consulate General and Chamber of Commerce, cross-cultural mediators and German businesses based in Ho Chi Minh City. It will also contain leasable retail units and a restaurant area with an outdoor terrace.

Award-winning

Although not yet complete, the development has already won numerous accolades, including the ‘Best Green Development of south-east Asia' at the South-East Asia Property Awards 2016.

Setting higher standards

To improve health and safety (H&S) we held weekly H&S meetings and daily activity briefings, and devised a football league to reward good H&S behaviour. To improve the safety of working near risers we introduced techniques that, while standard in the UK, are still considered innovative in Vietnam.

Material solutions

Our use of sustainable construction materials for the development is leading the way in Vietnam. We ensured they supported the LEED certification by sourcing materials with permissible levels of organic chemicals to reduce the impact on the environment and human health – a particularly challenging and unusual approach in this region.

Reducing energy use

With air conditioning a necessity in the hot, humid climate, it was vital for energy efficiency to be at the heart of the building’s design, construction and operation. To reduce energy consumption we proposed two approaches: replacing clay-fired brick with concrete, which provides better insulation for the building; and double-skinned unitised panels for the facade – a first in Vietnam and south-east Asia.