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Orchid City Vietnam
the delta


Orchid City THE DELTA

The Delta is situated in the north of Vietnam’s Mekong delta area. Here, the issue of flooding is a crucial topic. The landscape is purposely designed to guide, control and invite water in different areas of the city. While mangroves and elevated land protect the waterfront, productive constructed terraces, food forests, flood plains and a system of channels are introduced to the inland.

Besides water management, this plan focuses on rural job creation and the restoration of the delta ecosystems. It also offers a resort, and a marina for eco-tourism. Diverse agriculture systems use both high tech and traditional methods to secure healthy food for the community.

Specific features


High-tech agriculture & water purification

Diverse and fresh locally grown food

Rural job creation & de-urbanization

Project info

Inhabitants: 5,000

Total area: 1,474 ha

Built / Open: 21 ha / 1,453 ha

Development IRR: 18%

Map of Orchid City Delta location Vietnam


The downtown of the Delta is organized in two cores: the inland and the waterfront. The latter is the biggest area of denser urban features within the Delta. It is comprised of mixed apartment buildings with a variety of typologies, and a series of facilities for the entire city, as well as public areas and spaces for events.

The entire downtown is on elevated land, protected by mangroves along the waterfront. The marina hosts both goods and tourists and it connects to a series of smaller docks along the waterfront.

Diverse apartment buildings & row houses

Offices & co-working spaces

Schools and healthcare center

Restaurants, shops and entertainment


Bioretention areas

“When eating fruit, remember who planted the tree; when drinking clear water, remember who dug the well.” 

– Vietnamese proverb


The terraces are located on the north-west of Orchid City, The Delta. While intended as a flood-proof measure, the terraces are also cultivated with a variety of crops, including rice paddies and orchards. Villas and semi-detached houses with gardens populate the top parts of the terraces, while villas on stilts are located on the lowest parts and nearby the waterfront, where the fishing pond is also located.

Villas and semi-detached houses on stilts

Elevated flood-proof & productive terraces

Elevated infrastructure & food-storage units for emergency situations

Fishing ponds

Aquatic vegetation, orchards & rice paddies

Orchid City Neighbourhood on the Terraces

neighbourhood in the forest

The entire waterfront on the east of the site is surrounded by a food forest, which is an extent to the riparian belt. The city grows its own food within this area, as well as on the open field agriculture and orchards, which are located in inland. This area is elevated in regard to the river crossing nearby, which hosts a floating market. Elevated semi-detached and detached houses with private productive lots and gardens, and an open air food market populate this part of Orchid City.

Elevated row houses, semi-detached & detached houses

High-tech agriculture & greenhouses

Food forest and silvopasture

Open field agriculture and orchards

Floating market and open air food market

Elevated land nearby the river


Sustainable, affordable homes
Self-sufficient in water and renewable energy​
A biodiverse environment​
Generation-proof living​
Self-sufficient in essential services
Local 100% pesticide-free agriculture
Accessible education, art and culture programs
Sustainable resource management
Electric autonomous local transport