Luxury villas to provide hideaway from Hanoi life

18:33 | 15/08/2005
A local developer plans to build an enormous French-designed luxury villa complex in northern Vinh Phuc province, aiming to promote ecological accommodation and weekend retreats from Hanoi.

Scenic beauty: the project is designed to allow the 568 villas to merge with the natural landscape

Buyers can now register for the villas with Thanh Xuan Joint Stock Company, which is fine-tuning the master plan for developing its 568 villas and recreation facilities in Dai Lai tourist complex, 45 kilometres from downtown Hanoi and 10 kilometres from Noi Bai airport.
The villas are for sale or lease and will be built on varying topographies — on a hillside, by a lake or in gardens. Each villa will cover at least 800 square metres and be surrounded by a tree fence. The company also plans to build a resort complex and other facilities, such as a sports club, a health club and tourist parks.
Thanh Xuan management said they planned to complete three villa models in November and begin construction of other properties early next year. The 170-hectare complex is expected to complete construction within the next 10 years.
French company Lecaron Architecte, well known for designing the Ritz in Paris, France Telecom headquarters, the Cairo Museum and the opening stage for Olympic Athens 2004, was contracted for the project’s master plan.
Doan Thi Xuan Thanh, director of Thanh Xuan Joint Stock Company, said the developers were looking for famous architects to build a “beautiful, luxurious and romantic project”.
Architects from South Korea, China and the Philippines proposed several plans, but were turned down, as the designs did not meet the developer’s requests.
“We are willing to pay a high price for a good product. We want the project to be an artistic painting rather than an architectural work,” said Thanh.
The developer wanted to work out a core architecture that could combine Vietnamese cultural and historical traditions with the development trends in developed countries’ capitals. The project should have modern architecture and planning, but should respect and protect the natural ecological environment.
Thanh Xuan management said Vietnam’s rural areas are being urbanised while many people in the Europe are looking for a rural environment.
“Vietnam is endowed with a beautiful natural landscape, and there is no reason why we should not beautify it,” said Thanh.
The complex will protect and promote the inherent landscape within its premises, which features pine forests and diverse flora and fauna. There are also plans to grow more orchards in the complex.
Thanh said French architects had made trips to calculate wind, water and light directions to design lasting villas. Building materials will be carefully selected to create luxury villas while promoting the inherent ecology.
The developer and architects have explored local material producers, including Huong Canh pottery and Hai Luu stone in Vinh Phuc province, Ninh Van stone in Ninh Binh province, and Bat Trang and Binh Luc bricks, and other traditional materials to build natural looking properties.
Buyers are also required to strictly follow the plan of the project. Each villa and its landscape will be designed by the French architects, who will grant construction permits and supervise any independent customer projects.
Thanh Xuan is one of four key property projects in Dai Lai tourist complex, which Vinh Phuc had planned to build into a modern weekend retreat from Hanoi. The three others include Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, Dai Lai Golf, and Dai Lai Paradise, which are all under construction on hundreds of hectares.
The area boasts a 520-hectare lake, forests, springs and mountains that are ideal for ecological properties and recreation facilities.

By Ngoc Son

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