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Atkins designs Vung Ro Bay masterplan in Vietnam

23 May 2013 (Last Updated May 23rd, 2013 18:30)

UK-based architecture firm Atkins has created a masterplan for the development of a new community in Vung Ro Bay at Vietnam’s eastern most point.

Vung Ro Bay, Vietnam

UK-based architecture firm Atkins has created a masterplan for the development of a new community in Vung Ro Bay at Vietnam’s eastern most point.

The masterplan involves development of a marina, a resort hotel and luxury villas, which will have direct links to Tuy Hòa, the capital city of Phu Yen province and the Vung Ro airport.

Atkins is now working on concept designs for the development, with construction scheduled to start in 2014.

Atkins’ lead design director Hakim Khennouchi said that the masterplan was inspired by the natural beauty of the surroundings and an aspiration to create an ‘integrated walkable community space’.

"Our design approach is based on the understanding of the location’s characteristics, with climate being a key consideration and allowing for greater planning flexibility to respond to different market demands," Khennouchi said.

Three areas have been identified for the marina development and the architecture firm has adopted a ‘cascading tier design’ to ensure maximum sea views.

The community village will be located on the valley plain, which will be complemented by Bai Mon with its sandy beach resort and the historical 1890 lighthouse.

The development will be located in largely mountainous areas with distinct peaks and highland areas while most of the built up development will be done in low plains located between the uplands.

A green thread will link these areas physically and visually to create an integrated and cohesive design to ensure that most of the amenities are within walkable distance.

Atkins said the masterplan is based on key design principles, including sustainability, identity, adaptability, diversity, public realm, compatibility and accessibility.

Sustainability elements in the masterplan will aim to minimise the impact on the existing landscape, avoid contamination of the natural water sources and reduce the risk of flood.


Image: Atkins has identified three distinct areas for the marina development at Vung Ro Bay. Photo courtesy: Atkins.