Hanoi is the political and cultural centre of Vietnam, famous for its ancient city quarter. The capital city of Vietnam is over 1000 years old, making it the oldest capital city in Southeast Asia. It’s also a city of over 8 million people – the second largest city in Vietnam – and it’s growing faster than predicted,.
Here is a look at some of the big projects that will house and move the people of Hanoi.
Map of Hanoi construction, transport, and infrastructure projects mentioned in this article.
[Map of Hanoi construction projects.]
Starlake (Tay Ho Tay New Town)
Location: Xuan La Ward – Tay Ho District, Nghia Do Ward – Cau Giay District, Xuan Tao & Co Nhue Ward – North Tu Liem District, Ha Noi.
Marketing centre: Central area of Tay Ho Tay New Town, Xuan Tao Ward, Bac Tu Liem Dist, Ha Noi.
Developer: THT Development Co., ltd.
Investor: Daewoo E&C.
Starlake (also known as Tay Ho Tay New Town) is a new urban area covering 186.3 ha within three districts to the west of West Lake (Tay Ho Tay means West Lake West).
Starlake sub-projects transferred after approval – [20/01/21]
“The South Korean developer of the Starlake township in Hanoi has succeeded in transferring a range of sub-projects to other investors in order to build up additional facilities.”
Daewoo E&C to build $2.2 billion Korean-style luxury “city” in Hanoi – [22/06/22]
“Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. (Daewoo E&C) has just announced that it will proceed with the official construction of its first high-end villa project in Hanoi from July 4.”
New National Administrative Center
Location: Tay Ho Tay, Ha Noi.
Within the Tay Ho Tay area will be the new national administration area. The ministries and agencies that will move their headquarters here inclide the Ministries of Planning and Investment, Industry and Trade, Justice, Construction, Transport, Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs, Health, Agriculture and Rural Development, Culture – Sports and Tourism, Information and Communication, Education and Training, and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee.
New National Administrative Center News
Hanoi is not building dragon-inspired longest structure in the world, official says – [08/09/22]
“A 700,000-square-meter dragon-shaped building will remain a futuristic fantasy in the capital’s Tây Hồ area, but it might be fun to indulge in its flashy design for a moment. The structure, meant to house central ministries and supporting branches, was once submitted to Hanoi officials to be considered for a revamp competition.”
Designs of new national administrative center in Hanoi revealed – [11/10/21]
“The Ministry of Construction has selected five master planning and architecture ideas for the construction of a new national administrative center in Tay Ho Tay area (Hanoi) to submit to the Government for approval.”
Location: Khu Đô Thị Nam Thăng Long, Bắc Từ Liêm, Hà Nội.
Sunshine Finance Ha Noi
Location: Tay Ho District, Hanoi.
Sunshine Finance Ha Noi News
Sunshine Empire super luxurious hotel tower is operated by the world’s famous group, Accor – [13/05/20]
VietinBank Business Center (on hold)
VietinBank Business Center by Foster + Partners features two towers that will be used for office, hotel, and retail space. The tallest tower (68-storeys/365m) will be the headquarters for VietinBank, while the second tower (48-storeys) will house a five-star hotel and serviced apartments. The towers are connected by a seven-storey podium building that will include shops and restaurants, and a rooftop garden.
North Hanoi Smart City
The North Hanoi Smart City is a new urban area on the Nhat Tan-Noi Bai route (Vo Nguyen Giap Road) stretching 11 kilometres from Nhat Tan Bridge to Noi Bai International Airport. The project covers the districts of Dong Anh and Soc Son.
The proposed signature building is the Phuong Trach Tower, which would be a supertall tower at 108-storeys/600 metres in height.
North Hanoi Smart City news
Hanoi to have a 108-storey tower in $4-billion smart city – [07/10/19]
“It is divided into five phases which are expected to be fully completed by 2028. BRG Group chairwoman Nguyen Thi Nga revealed at the groundbreaking ceremony that a 108-storey financial tower with a lotus design would become the highlight of the smart city and a financial centre of Vietnam and Southeast Asia as a whole.”
Vietnam’s tallest skyscraper to tower over Hanoi – [24/06/16]
“The tallest building is set to loom over the new urban area which will cover 1,800 hectares and accommodate a population of about 800,000 on the northern bank of Hanoi’s Red River.”
Vietnam smart town draws Japan Inc.’s big names – [14/02/16]
“Japan’s government and more than 20 companies are teaming up to construct a smart town in Vietnam by 2023, featuring self-driving buses and a host of energy-saving technology.
General trader Sumitomo Corp., machinery maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and subway operator Tokyo Metro are among the businesses on board. Valued at nearly 4 trillion yen ($37.3 billion), this stands to be the largest Japan-led overseas project to date, according to officials of the Japanese companies involved.”
Tay Ho View
Tay Ho View is a complex of 9 buildings including 5-star hotels, high-end serviced apartments, a convention centre, restaurants and commercial space. Tay Ho View is located in the Quang An ward of Tay Ho district, an area that has become popular with the expat community.
The previous design of the project included two taller towers, and it was called Sun Grand City Lotus Harbour.
[Previous design of Sun Grand City Lotus Harbour.]
Tay Ho View News
Sun Group officially cooperates with Ascott to operate West Lake complex of high-end hotels and serviced apartments – [13/10/21]
“The signing ceremony between Sun Group and The Ascott Limited (Ascott), held on October 11th, 2021, officially kicked off the cooperation relationship in operating the super project of Tay Ho View high-end multi-functional complex in Hanoi between two big names in the field of tourism and resort in Vietnam and the world.”
Floating Opera House
Location: Dam Tri Lake, Quảng An Peninsula, Tay Ho, Ha Noi.
Opera House to be a focal point for Hanoi – [25/07/22]
“An international-class floating Opera House will be likely built in Dam Tri Lake, close to West Lake, making it a highlight in Quang An Peninsula in Tay Ho District, Hanoi.”
Floating opera house in Tây Hồ proposed – [20/07/22]
“The People’s Committee of Tây Hồ is collecting opinions on a proposed project that would see an opera house to rival the one in Sydney built on Đầm Trị Lake in Quảng An Ward, Hà Nội, as part of wider development plans for the area.”
Hanoi considers new opera house near West Lake – [13/07/22]
“Hanoi plans to build a 13,000-square-meter performing arts center, capable of hosting around 3,500 seats, near the West Lake. The center, designed to float on Dam Tri Lake, is part of the planning for Quang An Peninsula. The Tay Ho District People’s Committee is currently gathering opinions regarding the idea.”
Quang An Peninsula Redevopment
Location: Quảng An Peninsula, Tay Ho, Ha Noi.
The Tay Ho View and floating opera house projects are on the Quang An Peninsula on the east side of Tay Ho Lake. There are plans to redevelop the land in the peninsula, which would require wholesale property acquisition and land clearance.
[Image via kinhtedothi.vn.]
Accor to debut Fairmont brand in Vietnam – [26/01/22]
“The Fairmont Hanoi will open in the Vietnamese capital come 2024, making it the first Fairmont brand in the country.”
Location: 61 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi.
Developer: Post and Telecommunications Equipment Joint Stock Company (POSTEF).
The Postef Building is a proposed office building on the site of the colonial-era post equipment factory. Work begun on the demolition of the factory, and then the government ordered to cease dismantling the ancient building.
Postef Building news
Hanoi Party chief orders suspension of old French-style building demolition – [07/04/22]
“The leader of the Hanoi Party Committee has directed the suspension of the demolition of an old French-style edifice, most of which has been destroyed so far, to serve a project on building a modern commercial complex in Ba Dinh District.”
Preserve Vietnam War stone relief, Hanoi orders investor – [06/04/22]
“The investor about to demolish a French-built factory in Hanoi for rebuilding must maintain the status quo of a historic stone relief there, local authorities have ordered.”
Hanoi demolishes colonial-era factory to make room for office complex – [06/04/22]
“A French-built factory at 61 Trần Phú, Hanoi is being destroyed to make way for a multi-purpose building.”
Landmark 72 (completed)
Landmark 72 (AON Hanoi Landmark Tower, and previously Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower) is a complex featuring the landmark tower of 72-storys (350m) and two 48-story twin towers. The building opened in 2011, and it was the tallest building in Vietnam until 2018 (succeeded by Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City). Landmark 72 remains the tallest building in Hanoi.
Landmark 72 news
AON Holdings becomes new owner of Hanoi Landmark 72 – [06/01/16]
“AON Holdings, Korea’s mid-sized financial group, will be the new owner of the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, Vietnam’s tallest building, from Keangnam Enterprises.”
Keangnam to build Vietnams tallest tower – [09/08/07]
“Keangnam Enterprise said it will start building a 70-story tower in Hanoi this month, which will be the tallest structure in Vietnam, to be completed by 2010.”
Lotte Center Hanoi (completed)
Lotte Center Hanoi is a 272m skyscraper of 62 floors, and it comprises office space, a 5 star hotel, and serviced residences, and the podium includes the Lotte Department Store. The tower was ompleted in September 2014, becoming the second-tallect building in Hanoi.
Viettel Group Headquarters (completed)
Location: Lô D26, Khu đô thị mới, Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội.
“Winner of the Asia Pacific International Property Awards 2019, this LEED Silver-Certified building is the first completed Gensler-designed headquarters office building in Vietnam. The unique design’s optimized oval geometry connects employees via interconnected floor spaces across all levels.”
Vinhome Smart City (completed)
New urban area previously known as VinCity Sportia.
Vinhome Smart City news
Vingroup officially launches Vinhomes Smart City – [24/04/19]
“The firm decided to upgrade Vincity Sportia project to Vinhomes Smart City – a dynamic smart urban area. After upgrading, the project will possess advantages in scale, utilities and smart ecosystems.”
Vinhomes launches VinCity Sportia project – [04/12/18]
“Developed from the dynamic sports city concept of “Singapore and beyond,” VinCity Sportia is one of the most modern and dynamic outdoor sports complexes in Việt Nam.”
Dolce By Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake (completed)
Location: B7 P. Giảng Võ, Giảng Võ, Ba Đình District, Hà Nội.
Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake is located by Giang Vo lake in the central district of Ba Đình. The hotel is famous for being the world’s first gold-plated hotel.
Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake news
Inside the world’s ‘first gold-plated hotel’, Vietnam’s Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake – [19/07/20]
“Imbuing a golden gleam to the city’s skyline, in this new 5-star Hanoi hotel all that glitters really is gold – from cutlery to toilet seats.”
D’. Palais Louis (completed)
Why Tan Hoang Minh Group took 10 years to complete D’. Palais Louis?
“10 years of pursuing the aspiration to build “Palace of Versailles in the heart of Hanoi””
Tran Hung Dao Bridge
Tran Hung Dao bridge will be 900m long with a total length of about 5.5km. The bridge starts at the Trần Hưng Đạo-Trần Thánh Tông intersection in Hoàn Kiếm District and extends to Nguyễn Văn Linh Road in Long Biên District.
Hà Nội finalises design of $375m Trần Hưng Đạo Bridge – [23/06/22]
“Hà Nội’s People’s Committee has chosen the final design for the Trần Hưng Đạo Bridge, which will cross the Hồng (Red) River and connect three urban districts of the capital, after three months of consideration.”
Nhat Tan Bridge (completed)
Three super projects to come into operation next week – [28/12/14]
“The Nhat Tan Bridge, Terminal 2 of the Noi Bai International Airport and the road connecting the Nhat Tan Bridge and the airport will officially come into operation since January 4, 2015, the Ministry of Transport announced recently.”
There is also a proposal to upgrade the Lao Cai-Hanoi-Hai Phong railway.
Hanoi is building a metro transit system that will eventually include 8 lines. The first metro line opened in November 2021.
Noi Bai International Airport
Expansion of Noi Bai International Airport to kick off in 2025 – [28/09/22]
“Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi aims to serve about 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of freight per year by 2050.”
Hanoi Second Airport
Hanoi is considering to build a second airport in anticipation of the current airport reaching capacity in the future. The location for the new airport has not been officially selected yet.
Hanoi Second Airport news
Hanoi wants to build second int’l airport in Thuong Tin – [22/05/22]
Different viewpoints about building second airport for Hanoi – [15/07/21]
“There are stark differences between Hanoi People’s Committee and the Ministry of Transport about the proposed planning of Noi Bai International Airport and building Hanoi’s second airport.”
Hà Nội looks to develop satellite cities – [11/10/22]
“Hà Nội plans to establish five satellite urban areas, namely Sơn Tây, Hoà Lạc, Xuân Mai, Phú Xuyên, and Sóc Sơn, covering a total of 25,000ha.”
Good urban planning will help develop economy – [19/07/22]
“To maximise the potential of the urban economy and help accelerate the capital’s economy associated with the goals of a green, modern and civilised city, urban planning must create conditions for urban economic development.”
Projected relocation of 210,000 residents to decongest downtown Hanoi – [22/03/21]
“The urban planning project, covering over 2,700 hectares, aims to manage the local population and improve infrastructure in the capital’s “historical downtown districts” of Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung.”
Development of five Hanoi satellite towns deemed urgent – [14/02/17]
“According to the master plan for Hanoi’s socio-economic development by 2030, with a vision to 2050, the capital will develop based on a model of urban clusters, with one central urban area and five satellite towns connected to it by a belt-transport system.”
Experts surprised by audacity of proposed Hanoi master plan – [17/07/09]
“Hanoi City is giving positive consideration to implementing a long-term urban development plan it has commissioned from an international consortium. However, the draft plan is drawing fire from Vietnamese experts.”