Artificial plants grace Ho Chi Minh City’s Central Park

A 16ha "Central Park" designed by Australia’s Aspect Studio and Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has been selected for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The park will contain an elevated, curving pedestrian walkway inspired by 19th-century French railway tracks.

Sunken gardens will house performance areas and give access to an underground shopping area and a metro station, which is due to open in 2020.

Central Park will contain three main types of artificial plants. Water purification "trees" will store rainwater for drinking fountains and fire hydrants, ventilation trees will reduce heat and trees fitted with solar panels will store power for information screens, charging docks and Wi-Fi routers.

The area, known locally as 23 September Park, hosts Ho Chi Minh City’s annual spring festival.

Construction is due to start next year.

Images courtesy of LAVA

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