There is a preschool named Farming Kindergarten that is located in Dong Nai, Vietnam, just outside of Ho Chi Minh City. Built for up to 500 students, it was designed with the vision of it becoming a prototype for sustainable school design, where the focus is on students learning to grow their own food.
Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the two-story school features a knot-shaped design that loops around three courtyard playgrounds.
Since the rapid urbanization of Vietnam is consistently taking green playgrounds from children, the design is intended to protect these areas for children's play.
The roof of the school serves as a large garden as the entire surface features grass and plants. It slopes down to the ground, which creates easy access despite rising above the entire two-story building.
Vegetable gardens line the top of the building.
The green roof and the climbing vines on the sides of the structure serve as forms of insulation.
There is also a concrete overhang that provides shade.
The structure itself was built using economical materials that were easily accessed by the designers and builders, mostly concrete, tile and bricks.
Windows featured throughout the building offer both natural lighting and cross ventilation. As a result, there is no air conditioning needed in the facility, despite the harsh, tropical climate of the area.
Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia talks to Dezeen about how green buildings are becoming the future of architecture in Vietnam. Check out the interview below: