Two buildings in downtown Da Nang have become dazzling points, raising a question of the use of glass and its colors in urban construction.
The two buildings in question are SHB Da Nang Service Office and Shopping Center on Nguyen Van Linh Street in Hai Chau District and Risemount Apartment Da Nang on Nhu Nguyet Street in the same central business district.
The Vietnamese lender SHB is the developer of the SHB Da Nang Service Office and Shopping Center, which is designed to have 15 floors and three of its sides covered with glass.
The Risemount Apartment Da Nang is developed by Pavnc Risemount, where Vicoland Group is a main shareholder.
|The Risemount Apartment Da Nang on Nhu Nguyet Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
The tower is designed to boast 31 floors and advertised as having its reflective outer tempered glass plated with gold and shielded from heat.
The glass components of the two constructions are being completed.
The SHB Da Nang Service Office and Shopping Center is being built in line with its design and construction permit, said Nguyen Duc Viet, from SHB’s construction office.
“The glass was imported with proper paperwork,” Viet said.
|It is most reflective around 8:00 - 9:00 am at the SHB Da Nang Service Office and Shopping Center. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
“We’ve been building it according to standards.”
The developer should only be criticized when they fail to comply with the designated benchmarks, he reasoned, adding that glass is always reflective so there is “no problem with it.”
Similarly, the Risemount Apartment tower is coated with imported glass that meets construction criteria, said Ho Ky, deputy general director of Vicoland.
There is little reflection so it does not affect local residents, he claimed.
|The Risemount Apartment Da Nang tower on Nhu Nguyet Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
“We found minimum disruption as we checked it when it’s really sunny,” Ky said.
Glass structures have to meet standards on reflection, heat, environmental issues, and energy efficiency, said Vu Ngoc Anh, an official from the Ministry of Construction.
Criteria for the colors of outer surfaces have also been set to ensure harmony with the environment in urban planning, Anh added.
Local authorities have responsibility for formulating detailed regulations on glass structures on the basis of overall construction standards issued by the ministry, the official said.
|The SHB Da Nang Service Office and Shopping Center. It is dazzling, isn't it? Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|