Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
FPT University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
August 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
The groundbreaking ceremony for FPT University has begun on-site on 13/06/2016, marking the beginning of the new campus construction.
Featuring various green spaces that promote students and staffs’ interactions and well-being, such as tree-covered rooftops, balconies and a plant-filled courtyard. The new campus is described as the city’s new icon of sustainability and a social gathering attractant.
The growing mountain form constructed by staggered green floors gracefully blends into the natural landscape, creating a smooth transition between different floor heights, while enclosing a courtyard in its center, which will develop into an exclusive urban park for students and staffs. Greenery elements extend from this central space to the circulation wells, balconies, walkways and rooftop terraces of the building. Following the undulated mountain form is a semi-outdoor garden that allows a fluid circulation and unrestricted view to the courtyard within as well as the city beyond. The extensive use of vegetation will reduce the campus’s carbon footprint from air conditioning, while providing extra shade and providing better air quality for the surrounding area.
The new building itself adds variation to the existing urban landscape that is considered flat and dominated by verticality. As opposed to the conventional vertical blocks in the area which stand as isolated objects on the ground, the new design blends the boundaries between concrete and greenery, as well as the built and nature.
Cities, especially in thriving countries like Vietnam, are growing at such speed that infrastructure is unable to keep pace; environmental stress is observable through frequent energy shortages, increased pollution, rising temperatures, and reduced greenery. Ho Chi Minh City illustrates these issues, having only 0.25% of the entire city covered in greenery. This sprawling metropolis has a primarily flat landscape that is dominated by vertical straight buildings.
To engage the city in a different way, FPT University will appear as an undulating forested mountain that grows out of the city of concrete and brick. This form creates more greenery than is destroyed, counteracting environmental stress and providing the city with a new icon for sustainability.
To accommodate the high flow of 5.000 students at one time within a limited plot, ample green space is dedicated to circulation and gathering. On the ground floor, a large courtyard contains high trees, a pond, and plentiful space for lectures, events, exchange, or having lunch. From here, a semi-outdoor garden carves through the building and connects each function with greenery. This path continues onto the roof, covering it with vegetation and creating more opportunity to gather and observe the lush scenery. Additionally, the building facade is covered by trees that cleanse the air and reduce energy consumption by producing shade. The combination of green devices creates a connection to nature that can be felt anywhere in the building.
FPT University has been designed towards a harmony between humans and nature. The building will aid the recovery of greenery that once flourished in this land and foster a new generation of thinkers.
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