Sao Mai Residence, Privater Bauherr, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - FRANKEN\ARCHITEKTEN

Sao Mai Residence

A 16-story residential high-rise with mixed usage is being built in Ho Chi Minh City in the emergent south of Vietnam. The façade is parametrically controlled and arranges the variably sized windows across overlapping gradients. Sliding sun protection elements reinforce this effect; they both adorn the façade and protect it from the tropical sun. The pile driving and foundation work have been completed, and work has already begun on the basement story. Following the successful sale of the apartments the four-story model house will be transformed into an apartment building.

Client Privater Bauherr
Location Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Project-Team Prof. Bernhard Franken, Christoph Cellarius (Managing Director), Lotte Cellarius (Design Director), Daniel Völker (Project Architect), Khuong Hoang Hai, Nguyen Khanh Tan, Nguyen Viet Hung, Tran Duc Thuan, Tran Duc Phuc, Tuan Tong (Architect)

Arup Vietnam Ltd., Transform

Status Under construction
Dimension 11.000 m²

Narrative Spaces





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the stage or screen, nor just to presen-tation events and trade shows. It is a design approach, rooted in narrative, that can be applied as well to individual buildings and even to urban environments.




  • Baukultur im Wertewandel, Grohe AG, FORUM Zeitschriften, 2011
  • Architecture Journal of Vietnam Architects Association 08/10