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Work starts on Bogle’s Vietnam school

International School Vietnam by Bogle Architects
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Construction has begun on an international school in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam designed by Bogle Architects

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The 25,000m2 scheme will provide teaching facilities for more than 900 students on a 1.15 hectare site next to the River Saigon. 

The school’s main facilities are arranged around a central spine with the classrooms to the east of this circulation and larger spaces for the dining room, gymnasium, swimming pool, theatre and library are interspersed inbetween. 

The classrooms are grouped around light wells with pocket gardens at their bases. 

Large classrooms for specialist subjects including science, art and technology are located at the spine’s northern and southern points. 

International School Vietnam by Bogle Architects

International School Vietnam by Bogle Architects

Architect’s view 

To maximise the potential of the site, the roof is crowned with a football pitch and surrounded by a sculptural steel fence. 

The western façade of the building faces the river, and is shaded by a 100 metre long louvred screen. The louvres are arranged in sections that straddle each floor. The screen’s wave-like pattern breaks the scale of the façade, offers visual intrigue, and acts as a metaphorical reference to the meandering River Saigon. 

The entire building is elevated to provide natural ventilation to the ground floor where the students can dine outside and make use of an open-air swimming pool. 

The design’s open central plaza emphasises the school’s core values of collaboration and connectivity. 

“Energised, Engaged and Empowered” is the school’s mission statement, and a key part of this is learning beyond the classroom. The central spine creates a street where spontaneous meetings and learning activities can take place, bringing the school’s ambitions to life. 

International School Vietnam by Bogle Architects

International School Vietnam by Bogle Architects

Project data 

Location Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Type of project school
Client Cognita Asia
Architect Bogle Architects
Local architect Sagen
Cost consultant WT Partnership
Engineer Indochine Engineering
Project manager Mace Vietnam
Main contractor Toan Viet JSC
Area 25,000m2

International School Vietnam by Bogle Architects

International School Vietnam by Bogle Architects

 

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