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Hoa Lac National Innovation Centre, Hanoi

Constructing a world-class technology startup ecosystem in Vietnam

With innovation as a central design ethos, the Arup design references the local cultural icon of lotus and the stepped rice terraces, enabling this new Hoa Lac National Innovation Centre (NIC) to become a first-of-its-kind landmark in Vietnam.

Arup has been engaged by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to provide the architectural consultancy and concept design, structural engineering, urban design, etc. services for the NIC, to create a world-class technology startup ecosystem in Vietnam and contribute to the implementation of the national strategy on Industry 4.0.

Working in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, Arup presented our vision for the NIC to the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minsters and cross-sector industry leaders at the Prime Minister’s Office in 2019.

Project Summary


82,000 GFA in a 9 ha site in the first phase

1stnational innovation centre in Vietnam

40+tech giants are expected to be stationed in

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An iconic symbol with distinctive design

The dynamic form of NIC including its massing, layout and form symbolise the country’s resilient, determined and un-beatable mindset to explore, innovate and reach its potential to the world.

Inspired by rice terraces and lotus flowers, the massing of NIC integrates itself gently in the water bodies, blurring the boundaries between public and private realms, maximizing social interactions and creating the right context. Its external landscaping, building sustainability and biophilic design to give a unique built form for both the users and the surrounding community at large.


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Realising future innovation in Vietnam

Located in the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi, the NIC will have a nominal GFA of 82,000m² in a 9ha site in the first phase, followed by a mixed-use development in the second phase in the remaining 14 ha plot.

With an initial focus on smart factories, digital content, network security, smart urban areas, and environmental technology, the centre is expected to attract 40 large technology companies, 150 start-ups and SMEs, 15 venture investment funds and create more than 5,000 jobs – developing a complete innovation ecosystem for carrying out the national economic reform and sustain the impressive economic growth of the country and the region.

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