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Figura designed these apartment buildings on the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a speculative developer based in Hong Kong.

The design is based on traditional Vietnamese buildings, adapted to the scale of the project and the needs of the burgeoning ex-patriate community.

Sweeping roofs and large eaves carry heavy rains away from the buildings into landscaped flood-control ponds, which discharge into the river at low tide, avoiding the flash flooding so common in the area. Natural ventilation is promoted between the long bands of windows and continuous ridge vents.

Duplex and Triplex apartments have dual access, combining the advantages of normal apartment access with the romance of walk-up townhouses. It is possible to enter directly from the car park, or to walk down the sloping side of the buildings towards the river into landscaped gardens and onto a water taxi, commuting to work in the city centre.