Narra Residences by 10 DESIGN | International Residential Architecture Awards 2020

10 DESIGN: Awardee of International Residential Architecture Awards 2020. Conceived by 10 DESIGN, the 278 unit Narra Residences at Empire City in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam will be amongst the most prestigious addresses within the new Empire City in Thu Thiem New Urban Area (District 2) of HCMC.  

Narra Residences is developed by Empire City LLC (a multi-national joint venture of prominent names in real estate development in Vietnam, Singapore, and Hong Kong –  Tien Phuoc Real Estate, Keppel Land, Gaw Capital Partners, and Tran Thai Real Estate.) 

10 DESIGN has sought to create an ‘inspired and inviting’ vertical environment by providing human-scaled courtyards, community social spaces, and sky gardens to enhance the living experience for the Narra Residents.

The new emerging Empire City presents a unique lifestyle based living environment woven along the ribbon like Saigon River. Situated in this remarkable waterfront location, 10 DESIGN’s masterplan for Narra Residences not only maximises views for apartment units towards the Saigon River and the Empire City’s iconic tower but also maintains the unobstructed view corridor between these landmarks. 

The skybridge which connects the Narra towers on the 20th floor will become a strong feature along this visual axis.  It also presents an opportunity to create resort amenities on the skybridge deck, lining with landscaped gardens, an infinity edge pool, and unsurpassed views back towards the skyline of the city.

10 DESIGN has also introduced the ‘Neighbourhoods in the Sky’ concept by implementing a series of stacked apartment clusters which are expressed architecturally. These ‘vertical neighbourhoods’ help create scale and a sense of community for the residents. They also help to differentiate groupings of units based on locations within the building including those with city views, garden views, river views, and street views.

In the spirit of keeping with the Vietnamese culture, 10 DESIGN has created an oasis of calm on arrival by incorporating a garden that will provide an area of retreat and harmony for residents among the hectic urban environment. This will also be offered to residents in the vertical neighbourhoods by creating an elevated garden along with recreational amenities such as a pool, barbecue terraces, and other leisure spaces for residents to enjoy.

Second Award: International Residential Architecture Awards 2020 

Firm: 10 DESIGN
Architects: 10 DESIGN
Category: Housing Multi-Family
Project Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Team: Barry Shapiro, Scott Findley, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Rochana Verma, Gwilym Jones, Kelly Tran, Rita Pang, Ewa Koter, Na Lu, Serhii Zvagolskyi, Tipa Thiptanee, Tommy Gunawan, Pa Chantana
Country: Vietnam
Photography ©Credit: 10 DESIGN

10 DESIGN is an international award-winning practice of architects and creative talents with studios in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Edinburgh, Dubai, Miami, and London. We have expertise in the planning and design of projects in retail, office, hospitality, residential, cultural, education, and transport sectors. Since its inception in 2010, 10 DESIGN has evolved into a family of over 200 creatives, designing and delivering works in more than 60 cities across the world and winning 70+ international awards and design competitions.

IRA 2021