HCMC's tallest building to open in October

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The 68th-story Bitexco Financial Tower in downtown Ho Chi Minh City will be the metropolis' tallest building when it opens in October, the project's main investor said Thursday.


Bitexco chairman Vu Quang Hoi told a press briefing in HCMC Thursday that the tower would provide the city with more high-end office space.

He said the building would be open by October.

He also said his firm and its partners were preparing to install a 40-meter helicopter landing pad on the 50th floor.

Construction on the US$270 million building began nearly five years ago. The sky scraper was designed in the shape of a lotus bud before it blooms by American architect Carlos Zapata.

The building, facing Hai Trieu, Ho Tung Mau and Ngo Duc Ke streets in District 1, will include 38,000 square meters of high-end office space and 8,000 square meters, or six floors, of retail space.

The tower's 47th floor is designed as a pubic lounge for visitors to have a panoramic view of the city.

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