vo trong nghia spirals farming kindergarten in vietnam

photo by hiroyuki oki
all images courtesy of vo trong nghia architects

 

 

 

in dongnai, vietnam, vo trong nghia architects has completed the construction of ‘farming kindergarten’, a large pre-school designed to accommodate up to 500 local children. the project is envisioned as a model of sustainability set within the tropical climate, allowing the school’s young inhabitants to understand the importance of sustainable education and design. located next to a shoe factory, the building is conceived as a continuous green roof that contains beneath it all of the site’s different programs.

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a fully accessible green roof is drawn in a triple-ring-shape
photo by gremsy

 

 

 

a fully accessible green roof drawn in a triple-ring-shape creates three courtyards enclosed by the looping structure, providing safe and secure playgrounds for the kindergarten’s occupants. the different levels and gradients created by the building’s spiral form offer a series of distinct outdoor learning environments, where children are able to forge a close relationship with the natural world.

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the building’s continuous green roof contains beneath it all of the site’s different programs
photo by hiroyuki oki

 

 

 

energy saving systems have been integrated and applied across the design, with concrete louvers used for shading and recycled materials and water incorporated throughout. consequently, the school is operated without air conditioning in the classrooms despite being located in a harsh tropical climate. working with a relatively small budget, low-tech construction methods have been utilized and combined with locally sourced materials to reduce environmental impact.

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the building’s spiral form offers a series of distinct outdoor learning environments
photo by hiroyuki oki

vo trong nghia architects farming kindergarten vietnam designboom
children are able to learn about sustainable education and design
photo by hiroyuki oki

vo trong nghia architects farming kindergarten vietnam designboom
enclosed courtyards offer a sense of protection
photo by hiroyuki oki

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trees are planted within each of the three courtyards
photo by hiroyuki oki

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a centrally positioned staircase connects the scheme
photo by hiroyuki oki

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the design offers secluded areas of greenery
photo by hiroyuki oki

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the spiraling forms of ‘farming kindergarten’ illuminated at dusk
photo by hiroyuki oki

 

 

 

project info:

 

project name: farming kindergarten
status: completed
program: kindergarten
location: dongnai, vietnam
site area: 10,650 sqm
GFA: 3,800 sqm
1F: 2615.9 sqm
2F: 1113.6 sqm

 

architect firm: vo trong nghia architects
principal architects: vo trong nghia, takashi niwa, masaaki iwamoto
architects: tran thi hang, kuniko onishi

 

contractor: wind and water house JSC
client: pou chen vietnam
green building consultant: melissa merryweather
CFD analysis: environment simulation inc.