designed by VTN architects, the FPT technology building in hanoi is the first stage of a larger masterplan to establish the vietnamese university as a leading environmentally conscious institution. serving as the gateway to the school’s campus, the structure comprises simple modules, and features a bold checkerboard pattern where recessed voids contain natural vegetation. here, trees operate as a green skin to reduce direct heat transfer through the building’s windows.

VTN architects FPT university
the FPT technology building in hanoi is the first stage of a larger masterplan
image by hiroyuki oki (main image by image by hoang le)

 

 

as the university is situated in an area that experiences frequent energy shortages, VTN employed passive design strategies to reduce the building’s dependence on power. reducing the need for artificial illumination, shallow floorplates ensure generous amounts of natural light. the linear structure is oriented to accommodate prevailing breezes and utilizes cross ventilation for cooling. the trees and the adjacent lake help to reduce the air temperature further.

VTN architects FPT university
the project serves as a gateway to the school’s campus
image by hoang le

 

 

since FPT university offers information technology (IT)-related courses, the campus has been designed to encourage a healthy balance between physical and virtual environments. as the masterplan’s first building, the scheme has been designed to be as flexible as possible, and is capable of accommodating a variety of programmatic requirements. meanwhile, the structure is built out of affordable concrete, with standardized modules that allow a higher quality finish to be achieved in a condensed time-frame.

VTN architects FPT university
the structure features a bold checkerboard pattern
image by hiroyuki oki

 

 

nature also extends on top of the building with a stepped garden that can be used by both students and staff. ‘the increased urbanization and densification of vietnamese cities are having a large impact on urban vegetation and what was once the urban population’s strong connection with the environment,’ says VTN architects. ‘the trees in each room and outdoor gardens allow a constant connection with nature.’

VTN architects FPT university
recessed voids contain natural vegetation
image by hiroyuki oki

VTN architects FPT university
trees operate as a green skin to reduce direct heat transfer through the building’s windows
image by hiroyuki oki

VTN architects FPT university
the scheme has been designed to be as flexible as possible
image by hiroyuki oki

VTN architects FPT university
the building is capable of accommodating a variety of programmatic requirements
image by hiroyuki oki

VTN architects FPT university
a stepped garden can be used by both students and staff
image by hiroyuki oki

VTN architects FPT university
the linear structure is oriented to accommodate prevailing breezes
image by hoang le

VTN architects FPT university
an adjacent lake helps to reduce the air temperature further
image by hoang le

 

 

 

project info:

 

status: january, 2017 (completion of planting)
program: administrative office
location: lang hoa lac, hanoi, vietnam
GFA: 11,065 sqm / 119,103 sqf
client: FPT university
design credit: VTN architects (vo trong nghia architects)
principal architect: vo trong nghia
associate architect: vu hai
architect: ngo thuy duong, tran mai phuong
interior design: group 8 asia
photography: hiroyuki oki, hoang le

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