Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area

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Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area (Khu đô thị mới Thủ Thiêm) is a 6.57 km2 (1,620-acre) urban redevelopment project in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. It is currently under construction. [1]

District 2, Ho Chi Minh City Urban district in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

District 2, in which the new urban area of Thu Thiem is located, is an urban district of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As of 2010, the district had a population of 140,621, a total area of 50 km².

Ho Chi Minh City Municipality in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its former name of Saigon (Vietnamese: Sài Gòn; [sàj ɣɔ̀n] or [ʂàj ɣɔ̀ŋ]), is the most populous city in Vietnam with a population of 8.4 million as of 2017. Located in southeast Vietnam, the metropolis surrounds the Saigon River and covers about 2,061 square kilometres.


Many local residents protest against relocations. [2]


Thủ Thiêm is situated on a point bar of the Saigon River in the municipal division known as District 2. On the opposite bank of the river are District 1—Ho Chi Minh City's central business district—District 7, and the Bình Thạnh District. It also borders District 9 of the city.

Point bar A depositional feature of alluvium that accumulates on the inside bend of streams and rivers below the slip-off slope

A point bar is a depositional feature made of alluvium that accumulates on the inside bend of streams and rivers below the slip-off slope. Point bars are found in abundance in mature or meandering streams. They are crescent-shaped and located on the inside of a stream bend, being very similar to, though often smaller than, towheads, or river islands.

Saigon River river in Vietnam

The Saigon River is a river located in southern Vietnam that rises near Phum Daung in southeastern Cambodia, flows south and south-southeast for about 230 kilometres (140 mi) and empties into the Soài Rạp, which in its turn empties into the East Sea some 20 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of the Mekong Delta.

District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Urban district in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

District 1 is the central urban district of Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. With a total area of 7.7211 km2 (2.9811 sq mi) the district has a population of 204,899 people as of 2010. The district is divided into 10 small subsets which are called wards (phường). District 1 contains most of the city's administrative offices, consulates, and large buildings. District 1 is the busiest district in the city with the highest living standards. Đồng Khởi street and Nguyễn Huệ boulevard in District 1 are the city's two main commercial centers. Đồng Khởi street is an area in high demand for real estate, hitting a record price of $50,000 per square meter in 2007.


Before its clearance for redevelopment, Thủ Thiêm was one of the most densely settled areas of Ho Chi Minh City and included a central market established in 1751. [3] [4] Beginning in 2002 and continuing for almost a decade, between 14-15,000 households were removed from the development site and resettled. [5] [6]

Master planning for the site began in 1998, anticipating the completion of several bridges and tunnels that would connect District 2 to Ho Chi Minh City's central business district across the river. [6] In 2003, Sasaki Associates won an international design competition to plan the site. [6]

Central business district commercial and business centre of a city

A central business district (CBD) is the commercial and business center of a city. In larger cities, it is often synonymous with the city's "financial district". Geographically, it often coincides with the "city centre" or "downtown", but the two concepts are separate: many cities have a central business district located away from its commercial or cultural city centre or downtown.

Sasaki is a global design firm specializing in architecture, interior design, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, strategic planning, graphic design, and civil engineering.

The project is being carried out in stages, and is scheduled to be completed in 15 years, depending on the investment capital. Priority is given to the infrastructure investors with favorable assistance for the city government as well as preferential taxation.

Urban layout

The urban area covers an area of 7 square kilometres and consists of several sections: residences, pools, parks and office sections. Almost all buildings here are to be of 10 to 40-story. Once completed, this new urban area is intended to replace District 1 as the city's center. This new urban area is connected with the existing downtown with several bridges and a 6-lane tunnel.

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Coordinates: 10°46′24″N106°43′22″E / 10.773285°N 106.722912°E / 10.773285; 106.722912