A 16 ha “Central Park” designed by the Australian Studio Aspect Studio and the architects (LAVA), should see the light in the next few years downtown HCMC. Scheduled to start in 2020, the project was designed by renowned architects who should place this park at the level of the most famous green places in the world. The architects have indeed imagined a park, respecting the environment, using new ecological technologies adapted to a sub-tropical climate, and embellished with local vegetation.
This central park, designed as informal, versatile, friendly, and connected, will revolves around a series of raised and wavy ramps and walkways reminiscent of the tangled railroad tracks occupying the site in the 19th century. If in the nineteenth century the site hosted the first railway station in Saigon and is now a station for buses, the place will contain indeed tomorrow, the first metro station in the city.
The place will include curved and slightly elevated pedestrian walkways, immersed with gardens forming playgrounds for the public and event venues, an underground shopping area connected to the new metro station of Ben Thanh, art galleries, sports areas, etc. allowing the public to walk, to rest or to socialize.
Enriched with green gardens where plants and trees are intended to collect and purify water for watering and to the fountains while refreshing the spaces, the park should also be equipped with solar panels to provide electricity to electrical installations and computers installations.
The structure of the park, all in curves and volutes on different heights, in a mix of green spaces composed of majestic tropical trees, is not intended to break the city, but to adapt itself in a natural continuity and to become a place where it should be nice to spend a few moments or a few hours.
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