According to CNNgo.com, the ultimate insider guide to the top travel, entertainment and lifestyle experiences in Asia Pacific, the voted buildings are great, not because they're tall, but because of what they represent.
A. Eugene Kohn, founder and chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), one of the world's largest architectural firms, and Michael Greene, KPF Principal have mainly contributed to voting the buildings.
It says of Bitexco, which ranks 5th in the list: “The Bitexco Financial Tower may no longer be the tallest building in Vietnam, but it still defines Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline and characterizes the beauty and growth of the city.”
The Bitexco Financial Tower, the $270-million development, located on a 5,267 sq.m site in District 1, has 68 stories and 3 basements.
The tower is shaped as a lotus petal, which is the country’s national flower. It is the first building in Vietnam to have a helipad on the 50th floor.
It also opened a skydeck to offer visitors a panoramic view of the city last July.
Bitexco tower, the iconic building in Ho Chi Minh City
The structure was completed in 2010 after more than five years under construction.
Other voted buildings in Asian countries are the Elephant Tower in Bangkok (4th), China Central Television Headquarters in China’s Beijing (2nd), Kingdom Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (8th), Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (9th), Tokyo Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Tokyo, Japan (10th), Hotel & Casino Grand in Lisboa, Macau (12th).
The Empire State Building, the icon in New York, United States, tops the list.
"With the passing of the World Trade Center, it became even more entrenched in the hearts and souls of New Yorkers and the rest of the world,” says Michael Greene.
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