Continuing a series on design touches around the neighborhoods of TP. Ho Chi Minh, the following two gates are located on Phan Xich Long Street in the Phu Nhuan District. There is a new urban neighborhood along the eastern end of this street, and these gates are new or under construction.
The first gates feature Frank Lloyd Wright patterned screens around the top of the front wall and gates.
Unfortunately, the home owner felt compelled to top this off with constantine wire, a coil of wire with razors attached along the wire coil. Concertina wire or constantine wire was very common during the American war years in Saigon, but I am not sure yet that current security concerns in TP. Ho Chi Minh justify this kind of measure that negates the beauty of the screens. (On the other hand, I met a citizen the other day who claimed to have had her water meter disconnected and stolen (inside the fence and gates in front of her house) during the night -- evidently water meters have value on the black market).
The second set of gates accomplish the same security purpose in a more successful understated way.
Frank Lloyd Wright chevrons are used without stealing in total his pattern.
The upraised spikes should be adequate to dissuade fence jumpers.