Thu Thiem New Urban Area Design Competition


First prize
DeSo Defrain-Souquet Architectes of Paris, France

Second prize
Hager International AG of Zurich, Switzerland

Third prize
EDAW Ltd. of Hong Kong


The Thu Thiem International Design Competition for the Central Plaza, Crescent Park, and Saigon River Pedestrian Bridge is meant to elicit the most sustainable, dynamic, and feasible design ideas from international and Vietnamese designers alike.

Category Competition Result / Project Competition
Type Urban Landscape Project Competition
Genre Bridge, Cityscape, Public, Urban
Country Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Registration Deadline 7 April 2008 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 19 May 2008 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility Professional architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, and engineering firms or teams. The Competition encourages entries from joint ventures (between Vietnamese companies or between Vietnamese companies and foreign companies).

The Competition will elicit the most sustainable, creative, functional, and exciting ideas from domestic and international designers to enhance the development goals at Thu Thiem and to provide all of Ho Chi Minh City with a stunning, publicly accessible waterfront.

The Competition will contribute significantly to the design and implementation of first-phase public infrastructure works at Thu Thiem, currently underway.

The Competition will result in the selection of an outstanding and visionary proposal for the Central Plaza, Crescent Park, and Pedestrian Bridge for future implementation at Thu Thiem and will reflect a uniquely Vietnamese cultural identity as well as the representing the latest trends in sustainability, public space, landscape architecture, architecture, and engineering.

Mr. Joan Busquets, Professor and Architect, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA
Mr. Edward Keith Uhlir, FAIA, Design, Architecture, and Planning Consultant, Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Kongjian Yu, Principal Turenscape Landscape Architecture, Beijing, China
Mr. Dennis Pieprz, President, Sasaki Associates, Inc., Watertown, MA
Mr. Nguyen Tan Van, Chairman, Vietnamese Union of Architects, Hanoi, Vietnam
Mr. Nguyen Trong Hoa, Director, Department of Urban Planning and Arch, HCMC, Vietnam
Mr. Trang Bao Son, Deputy Head of Authority, Thu Thiem ICA, HCMC, Vietnam

Judging Process
Two-Stage, Anonymous Competition

First Prize: USD$50,000 and the right to negotiate a contract for the development of detailed schematic designs
Second Prize: USD$30,000
Third Prize: USD$15,000
Six (6) shortlisted firms will be paid in the amount of USD$20,000 each

Entry Fee

First stage: Three A0 boards
Second stage: Five A0 boards, Model(1:2500)

Submission Address
Investment and Construction Authority of Thu Thiem New Urban Area
177 Ly Chinh Thang Street
District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Start for Questions: March 24, 2008
Last Day for Questions: April 14, 2008
Announce Shortlist: May 26, 2008
Stage 2 Submission: July 28, 2008 (Deadline)
Announce Winner: end of August, 2008

Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, Thu Thiem New Urban Area (Thu Thiem ICA)

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