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April 10, 2011

A 79-story PetroVietnam Tower | Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects will design a new headquarters for Vietnam’s national oil and gas company, creating a landmark development in Hanoi. PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation, a subsidiary of PetroVietnam Oil and Gas Group, selected the firm following an international competition. The project is expected to break ground by the end of the year.

“We are honored to be selected for such a prominent project for one of Vietnam’s most important companies,” said Fred Clarke, Senior Principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. “Our design expresses the prestige of PetroVietnam and the potential of Hanoi and all of Vietnam.”

In the proposed design, a 79-story tower known as PetroVietnam Tower will contain the company’s headquarters and a luxury hotel. This building will be the centerpiece of the development and the city’s tallest building. To create its distinctive silhouette, the tower is hexagonal at the base and becomes triangular at the top. An adjacent 84,000-square-meter podium is composed of curving forms. A new center for the community, the podium will include a petroleum museum and media center, shops, and a skating rink. At the opposite end of the podium will be a 47-story residential tower with curved facades and a sloping top.

Highlighting PetroVietnam’s interest in sustainable energy, the development will be designed for LEED Gold certification. A glass wall will allow visitors to view some of the building’s high-performance systems in operation. In addition, part of the podium roof will be clad in photovoltaic panels. The building’s use of advanced technology extends to its structural design, which will enable the building to withstand a severe earthquake.

PetroVietnam Tower will be Pelli Clarke Pelli’s second project in Vietnam. The first, Vietcombank Tower, is under construction in Ho Chi Minh City.

Founded in 1977 and led by Cesar Pelli, Fred Clarke, and Rafael Pelli, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. The firm has been honored with critical acclaim and hundreds of design awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.


March 15, 2011

Red Building | Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Red Building / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Courtesy of StudioAMD

Red Building / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Courtesy of StudioAMD

Red Building / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Courtesy of StudioAMD

The new addition to the Pacific Design Center in , which spans 40 years of design and construction, is the Red Building by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The first phase of the three-part composition is the Blue Building was completed in 1975 by Cesar Pelli when he was Partner for Design at Gruen Associates. The Green Building and an outpost for the Museum of Contemporary was added in 1988. The Red Building is a programmatic addition to the showrooms and museum of the first two structures.

Located on a 14-acre site, the buildings are organized around an outdoor plaza. The Red Building is the most dynamic of the composition which already includes the six-story Blue Building that houses showrooms and office space, and the nine-story Green Building which contains a film theater and conference center. The new addition alters the site, creating a more defined public outdoor space. It will house 400,000 square feet of office space and parking for 1,500 cars.

The Red Building is composed of two curved, sloping towers atop seven levels of parking. The six-story West Tower slopes inward against the Hollywood Hills to the north. The eight-story East Tower continues the gesture, curving upward and culminating in a high point to the east. A seventh-floor courtyard planted with palm trees is located between the two towers. The walls facing the Palm Court will be of the same technology as the red walls, but will be of white glass to give the courtyard a light, ethereal quality. The courtyard will offer views if Hollywood Hills to the north and the other building of the Design Center.  Like the previous two Pacific Design Center buildings, the Red Building will be clad in glass. While the glass of the earlier buildings was opaque, the façade of the Red Building includes both transparent and fritted glass. To create a taut, all-glass appearance, the red glass is held in its aluminum frames with silicone.

Architects Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Location Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard, 
Client Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation
Area 400,000 (office), 400,000 square feet (parking)