Saturday, August 7, 2010

Economic Development in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as the older Vietnamese generation calls it, is growing economically as race for cheap labor continues. For the most part the city is architecturally flat with most buildings not reaching more than 10 stories high. Skyscrapers do not protrude from the skyline, that is except for this one. It's the Bitexco Financial Tower.
I love the strange shape and asymmetrical design of this building. Upon further investigation the disk shaped protrusion is actually a helicopter pad. The building is designed to look like the bud of a lotus flower, the national flower of Vietnam. The helicopter pad makes me wonder what's the purpose of this luxurious structure. I do not believe anything like a hospital is planned for the building. Perhaps the helicopter is the new motorbike?

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