Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City 

Deutsches Haus, Ho Chi Minh City


Building-Owner and Planning Competition awarded to gmp and the investors in 2013
Design Meinhard von Gerkan with Nikolaus Goetze and Volkmar Sievers
Project Leader Kordula Noelle
Design Team Ines Arkenbergova, Elena Cubillo, Fabian Faerber, Sandra Kroll, Martin Majewski, Patrick Tetzlaff, Isabel Vollmer, Arved Knauer
Detailed Design Team Elena Cubillo, Anna Falkenbach, Julia Franzke, Frederik Heisel, Steffen Lepiorz, Gabi Nunnemann, Eva Staack, Stella Tran, Michéle Watenphul, Nguyen Tien Hong Duong (Hanoi), Tran Cong Duc (Hanoi), Florian Wiedey (Shanghai)
DGNB-Auditor Urs Wedekind
Client Deutsches Haus Vietnam Invest Ltd. (Horst J. Geicke, Bernd Dietel, Horst Pudwill)
GFA in total 52.704 m² (including basements)
Construction Period 2014−2017



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In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the "German House", designed by the architects von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp), has been completed. In addition to the German Consulate General with visa office, it houses the German Chamber of Foreign Trade, the Goethe Institute, the DAAD and the headquarters of numerous well-known German and international companies in Vietnam.

The compact double-skin facade of the "German House" is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and was developed by gmp in cooperation with Drees & Sommer facade planners especially for the project. Adjustable perforated sun-shading louvers are installed between the outer wind deflector pane and the inner window pane. This innovative facade system prevents the interior from overheating and ensures cooling-energy savings of 35 percent compared to the existing local building standard. The in-house water treatment system, solar panels on the roof, and interior fittings with high-quality low-emission materials make further contributions to sustainability.

At the pedestrian level, the building opens up to the surrounding area. On the ground floor, the room-high glass facade opens onto the street with a colonnade. Through the representative main entrance with a cantilevered canopy on the narrow side of the building, the visitor reaches the spacious two-storey lobby, in the middle of which is the central access core. The Consulate General on the 6th floor is accessed via a separate foyer on the long side of the building. At a height of 75 metres, a spacious roof terrace offers views over the city. The building has already been awarded numerous prizes, such as MIPIM Asia, and certificates, including LEED Platinum and DGNB Gold. Both certificates have never before been awarded to a building in Vietnam.