In the context of strong land pressure, city growth inevitably results in “verticalisation.” As major urban projects get under way, the urban landscape is transformed from historically low-rise settlement into one with many diverse forms. The radically new template of highrise towers marks the transition to urban modernity and creates entirely new urban skylines.

HCMC: Building a great Asian metropolis

A potent symbol of the city’s urban and economic development, the 300m high Bitexco Tower is a manifestation of modern architecture. The development of high-rise buildings is gradually creating a new and distinctive skyline along the Saigon river and other major transport arteries. The new urban areas of Phú Mỹ Hưng and Thủ Thiêm will complete the transformation of the city into a major Asian metropolis.

© Võ Trường Giang.
The HCMC skyline
© Jet Hùynh.
The towers of District 1

Lyon: Eco-responsible “verticalisation”

In Lyon, the skyline may be identified by the buildings in the Part-Dieu centre. Historically limited to 160m, the height of buildings in that area will soon reach 200m with the opening of the new Incity Tower. This is an example of an environmentally responsible building, with architectural and technical features which minimise its environmental footprint through low energy consumption. In this way, far from distorting the development of the city of Lyon, “verticalisation” has set it on an ambitious path of sustainability.

© Agence d’urbanisme de l’agglomération Lyonnaise.
Lyon Part-Dieu
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