News 81, studioMilou winner of the competition for the Ho Chi Minh city opera house


News 81
studioMilou winner of the competition for the Ho Chi Minh city opera house.

studioMilou and our local partner, HDC along with our international engineering team from ARUP, are honored to have been awarded the Jury’s highest ranking for our design creating a spectacular home for the new Ho Chi Minh’s City’s Ballet, Symphony, Orchestra and Opera House. The Award was presented on 10 December after an international competition, and we wish to thank our talented teams in Vietnam and Singapore for their tireless commitment to achieving this primary result.

The design evolved over the course of several months of research and relentless attempts to define forms at once harmonious with the spectacular Saigon riverfront location and the dynamism of its fast-evolving context in the Thu Thiem New Urban District.

The rise and fall of the roofing evoke movements of water, wind, sails, and superbly crafted traditional fishing nets, while the scale and project infrastructure responds to the requirements of a major national institution of international standards. Carefully detailed interiors focus on creating a sense of largesse within public spaces bathed in light and natural ventilation.

We thank the authorities of Ho Chi Minh City for this exceptional opportunity and will be posting our fly-through video next, along with an interview with Jean-Francois Milou and Nguyen Thanh Trung, our lead designers, on the process of designing the project. Stay-tuned!