Vo Trong Nghia Architects has begun work on FPT University Ho Chi Minh City, a building set to begin a renewal of the natural landscape previously destroyed by mass development. In the city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, only 0.25% of the city is covered in greenery, contributing to environmental stress on its infrastructure - frequent energy shortages, increased pollution, and rising temperatures are more common as the city grows. Read more after the break
To break the mold of straight, vertical buildings, FPT University is envisioned to be a forested mountain, growing out of a city of concrete and brick. By creating more greenery than is destroyed for the construction, the project will help combat environmental stress and become a catalyst for more sustainable development.
Ample green space is dedicated to circulation and gathering, accommodating the estimated flow of 5,000 students at one time. The ground floor features a large courtyard with high trees, a pond, and space for lectures, events, exchange, or eating lunch.
A semi-outdoor garden weaves through the building and connects each program to greenery, continuing onto the roof where it provides additional public space. In addition, trees that recycle air and reduce energy consumption by producing shade cover the facade.
Principal ArchitectsVo Trong Nghia, Kosuke Nishijima, Hidetoshi Sawa, Tran Thi Hang
ArchitectsNguyen Tat Dat, Nguyen Duy Phuoc, Takahito Yamada, Le Thanh Tung, Tran Cam Linh, Felix Ehrminger
PhotographsCourtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects