15:00 | 02/11/2016 Society
(VEN) - Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City celebrated the official topping out ceremony on November 1st. The event took place at the construction site of Deutsches Haus at 33 Le Duan Street in Ho Chi Minh City. More than 400 guests from the German, Vietnamese and International business community in Vietnam, representatives from the Vietnamese and German governments and members of the Diplomatic Corps attended the event.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Federal Foreign Minister of Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Vice-Minister of Construction Ms. Phan Thi My Linh, the Vice-Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee Mr. Le Van Khoa, German Ambassador to Vietnam Mr. Christian Berger and German Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Mr. Andreas Siegel, as well as the investors of Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh Stadt, Mr. Bernd Dietel, Mr. Horst Geicke, and Mr. Horst Pudwill.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh Stadt Ltd. Mr. Horst Geicke thanked particularly the Vietnamese and German Governments, Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee and reflected on the historic milestones leading to the project development and construction of Deutsches Haus as a USD 110 million public-private partnership project between the Federal Republic of Germany and the three private investors. He announced that the opening date of the premium office building will be on 1st August 2017.
Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany said that the project was the best and most evident example of the reliable relations between Germany and Vietnam. Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City would be a platform for business co-operation with Vietnam and the entire ASEAN region. It would be the best location for German and European companies and organizations to install their headquarters and could facilitate trade, cultural and educational exchange.
Praising the idea for Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City, the Vice-Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Mr. Le Van Khoa stressed that the building was a symbol of friendship and strategic co-operation between the two countries. He also stated that it was a landmark and symbol of modern German architecture in Vietnam while being sustainable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly.
During the event, symbolically the “last nail” has been driven into the ridge pole blessed by traditional hammer throws, followed by a traditional lift to the roof-top terrace of the topping out wreath.
The common practice of "topping out" a new building can be traced back more than 1000 years to the ancient Scandinavian religious rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction.
The construction of the Deutsches Haus in Ho Chi Minh City has been under way since November 2014. Currently, structural of the building is completed with finishing works on going. Completion of construction and development of the building will be in August 2017.
Deutsches Haus will be an award-winning, pioneering, premium International Grade A office tower strategically located on the corner of Le Duan Street and Le Van Huu Street in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The 25-storey building consists of approximately 40,000 square meters GFA of prime office real estate including retail areas, a multifunctional exhibition, event, and conference-area, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ho Chi Minh City, restaurant areas with outdoor terrace as well as apartments and penthouses.
Its location in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City will therefore be the ultimate destination to be to do business with ASEAN and Vietnam for German and Central European headquartered companies and institutions. At the same time, Deutsches Haus will be the ideal trading platform for Vietnamese companies doing business with Germany and the European Union.