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All about sustainability: Building a green paradise in Vietnam’s Shambhala City

by | May 7, 2019 | Design

Shambala mountain view villa surrounded by the foliage

We look at Franken Architekten’s exciting upcoming development of Shambhala City in Vietnam, marked by sustainable urbanism, housing and recreation

A new multi-phase, mixed-use resort and village is set to get underway in Vietnam’s centrally located Lang Co area.

The project, named Shambhala City, is being masterminded by Franken Architekten, a German firm who came up with the masterplan for the area, which will be executed in three phases.

Zen gardens and Buddhist temples in new Vietnamese village

Shambhala City will bear the distinction of being one of the first developments in Vietnam to align with a masterplan that promotes sustainability at every turn in its conception and execution.

Set over a vast area of 212 hectares, the city will encompass a coastal swathe of land which will benefit from new infrastructure and transport links.

Private residential units, beachfront estates, civic institutions including a train museum, shopping and retail amenities, hotels and resorts and an active town centre that boasts a Buddhist temple and zen garden, will create a unique experience with sweeping views of the ocean.

Mountain villas

Shambala village

Shambhala Resorts and Hotel

Beach estate

Shambhala Train Station


Designing in paradise

Franken Architekten’s proposals for the Shambhala City look positively inviting.

Natural locally sourced materials are used in the construction of the train station, hotels, houses, clubhouses, entertainment facilities and religious temples.

This brings a landscape of delicate wooden constructions to the rolling hills and tiered steps of Lang Co’s coast.

The area is lush with vegetation, and this will be taken advantage of with the canopy walkways which connect the numerous resorts close to the beach.

Each of the resorts will take the name of a Buddhist symbol, and will be accessible by wooden paths set on high columns which take visitors through the tourist area along the coast.

Guests staying in the resorts will also have access to a beauty centre and the public can visit the Japanese garden located beside the mountain river.

Sustainability in Shambhala

Sustainability as a way of life and development is key to the project under construction in Vietnam.

Due to be completed by 2024, Shambhala will use sustainable construction techniques coupled with high-tech solutions to create a truly unique eco-city, where residents and visitors alike will be encouraged to partake in the community’s sustainable mission.

Shambala club house

Train station

Canopy walkways

From the orientation of all the buildings to take optimal advantage of sun and wind paths to rainwater harvesting and solar energy, every element has been considered with sustainability in mind.

Tax incentives for those using electric vehicles will be put into place, and buyers of property will be encouraged to contribute to the creative community by conducting research or working on new technology in an effort to maintain the sustainable model of Shambhala. 

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