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Famed for its massive complexes of underground tunnels left over from the war, Vietnam will soon see a complex that's well and truly above ground and reaching for the sky.

After holding a design competition to come up with a new 5 star hotel, residential and office complex Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group chose an entry from Japanese architects Nikkei Sekkei as the winner. Named the Petrovietnam Complex the project will sited in the Tu Liem district of Hanoi on a triangular shaped piece of land.

Looking like a plane propeller when viewed from above the complex consists of three towers approximately 150 metres in height joined by what looks like a glass Polo mint but is more likely to be a sky lounge of some description. This is suspended between all three wings of the scheme in mid-air giving it a spectacular series of views.

Shaped like propeller blades the three towers all have glass facades which rise up to simple peaks over the sky gardens atop the towers as well as display the skeletons of the towers. In places the towers have cut away giving them definition instead of dull, sheer faces and adding visual differences to what would otherwise be repetitive sides.

A tree lined waterway leads up to the towers as which at night will be lit up along with the towers at night giving the complex a spectacular glow. At the end of this will stand a now under design super-tall tower, that has yet to be revealed.

The towers will house a luxury hotel with approximately 350 rooms, top notch apartments and grade A office spaces although it is at present unknown if there is anyone lined up to take up the lease of the office spaces.

The price tag on the complex stands at a hefty estimate of 300 - 500 million USD and work is hoped to begin in 2010 which will coincide with Hanoi's 1000th anniversary.

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