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.
Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City Project summary
Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh Stadt Ltd
Gerkan, Marg und Partner, WSP
- Start date
- December 2013
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.
points of note
The conceptCommissioned 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-winningAlthough 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 standardsTo 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 solutionsOur 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 useWith 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.
“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.”