The old Phuong Nam villa, one of the city’s most well-known buildings of its type,
is on the list of ancient villas that need preservation. (Photo:

The buildings, which have historical, cultural and architectural values, include one at 12 Ly Tu Trong and 6B Ngo Thoi Nhiem streets and a 100-year-old villa at 237 No Trang Long street in Binh Thanh district.

Sustainable villa conservation in the long run should take into account economic gains for villa owners, the city said.

A survey by the HCM City Department of Planning and Architecture in August 2020 showed 560 out of the 1,550 pre-1975 villas in the city are no longer in their original form.

The villas are classified into three groups based on their historical and cultural importance, with detailed regulations for preservation. Buildings in groups 1 and 2 must be preserved, while buildings in group 3 have little historic or architectural value and can be demolished.

In the first group, exterior architectural form, internal structure, construction density, number of floors and height have to be maintained. The external architectural shape must be maintained for villas in the second group.

The owner of villas in group 3 must comply with the laws on building and architectural planning management.

VNA reported that the committee has asked the owners to comply with regulations on renovation and conservation of old villas, the Housing Law, and regulations on the management and use of State-owned villas.

Repairs and renovation must comply with the Law on Cultural Heritage to ensure the protection of cultural, art or historical value of the villas./.