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Vincom Centre, Ho Chi Minh City

Largest shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City

Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the Vincom Center is central for shopping, entertainment, living and cultural activities. The building comprises 26 floors of office and residential space. Within the podium levels are retail and commercial activities and the first three levels of the 6-storey basement are dedicated for retail. The remaining basement levels are for car park.

Arup provided structural and geotechnical engineering services for the largest shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City.

Project Summary

160,000 GFA


26floorsof office and residential space

This is the first project to have six levels of basement in Vietnam and at the time was the deepest basement construction in Vietnam, in what is some of the most challenging soil conditions throughout the country.

We suggested a top-down method of construction to cope with such harsh soil conditions.

We designed a 1.2m diaphragm wall to serve as the temporary and permanent retaining wall for the 30m deep excavation. The whole building is supported by barrettes where shaft grouting technique is adopted to enhance the shaft frictional capacity, hence reducing the pile length.