The V.A.R. building at 9 Nguyễn Công Trứ Street in District One of Ho Chi Minh City was designed by Vietnamese architect Lê Văn Lắm and was occupied in 1973. It is one of the most beautiful examples of the intricacy of Vietnamese modernist design, created by the brise-soleil sun blocking elements producing a pattern over the facade of the building. This intricacy contributes to making Vietnamese modernist architecture much lighter than global modernism. The precast concrete components that make up this lacy skin testify to the sophisticated technical capability the Vietnamese architects and constructors had at that time.