UK firm Atkins has been appointed by Vietnam developer, Empire Group, to provide architecture and interior design services for a luxury twin-tower scheme in Da Nang, called Cocobay Towers.
Designed to put Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city, on the world tourism map, the 200-m-tall towers will be the focal point of Cocobay, a 31-ha entertainment and hospitality hub.
The development has a total gross floor area of 145,000 sq m and each tower will accommodate both a luxury hotel and a condominium for the Viceroy and Mirai brands.
Tourism created an estimated 27,000 jobs in Da Nang last year, and revenues worth US$720 million. Now the city has set a target of attracting 6.1 million visitors in 2017 this year, including 1.9 million from other countries, Atkins said, noting that tourists are drawn to the coastal city for its beach, heritage and natural setting.
Ian Milne, Atkins’ senior design director, said: "Cocobay Towers is a new iconic building for Vietnam that will help draw tourism to the region and contribute to the rapid and aspirational growth strategies for the country. Our design is inspired by the auspicious ‘double fish’ symbol which represents prosperity and wealth in Vietnamese culture.
"The shape of the towers and its faÃ§ade maximise the spectacular views of the beautiful coastal city of Da Nang for its guests and residents to enjoy from every perspective."
The project has now entered the scheme design phase, with a fast track to construction due to commence summer 2017. In addition to the Cocobay Towers, Atkins has completed the landscape concept design for the Cocobay masterplan’s main axis.
At the top, the towers are connected by two 52-metre-long, curved "crystal sky bridges" that form a loop and provide a viewing gallery on the 48th floor.
Image: Artist’s render of Cocobay Towers, Da Nag, Vietnam (Atkins)