Villa le Voile, one of Ho Chi Minh City’s last remaining heritage properties, will be reimagined as a cultural and dining destination in the last quarter of 2022.
The two-storey heritage building was acquired by Minerva Corporation in 2015, which appointed renowned restoration specialists from Palazzo Spinelli Institute for Art and Restoration from Italy and UK-based Stonewest restoration to head the villa’s rehabilitation. These restoration specialists’ experiences include cathedrals, country estates and other historical architectures around the world.
Over US$20 million has since been invested to bring the building back to its former glory which comprises Vietnamese, Chinese and French architectural features that embody Saigon’s culturally rich history.
The 1,500sqm villa was built on a 3,000sqm plot of land between 1927 and 1930, and has endured tremulous periods and events such as the French Colonial Rule, the First Indochina War and the Vietnam War.
When the villa reopens to the public in end-2022, it seeks to offer visitors a glimpse of the location’s vibrant past with a permanent exhibition of the many historical events that have unfolded in the city.
Villa le Voile’s spaces will be made up of the main villa, a flexible space for temporary exhibitions and pop-up events, an outdoor landscape area and three dining destinations.
With exhibitions, workshops and other programmes set to take place on its expansive grounds, Minerva Corporation hopes to provide “an authentic reflection of Saigon while elevating our standards for culture and dining,” according to Nguyen Vu Anh Thi, general director of Minerva Corporation.