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Vo Trong Nghia’s Binh Duong School is a Swerving Learning Center Inside a Forest
The school’s design is five storeys high, aligning itself with the height of the surrounding forest. White precast concrete is situated into rows of louvers that act as shading panels for the outdoor hallways. The concrete panelling also allows for passive cooling and protection from the elements during Vietnam’s rainy season.
The S-shaped building winds around two courtyards; one yard is for public events, announcements, and performances, while the other is tucked away near the back of the building for students to privately study or enjoy leisure activities. Stairs begin on the ground floor outside the building’s far end and ascend toward the green roof that sprawls across the entire design. The grassy area is open for student activities, outdoor classes, gardening, and also acts as an insulation system, keeping the floors below nice and cool!
The building’s open structure allows it to be part of its surroundings without harming the nearby forest. Students can interact with and learn about the environment while attending to their daily studies. The school’s continuous structure acts as a safe campus that flows from classroom to courtyard, allowing students to move freely throughout the space, inside and out.
Images © Oki Hiroyuki
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