Australian architectural firm Pentago Spowers International recently unveiled a very modern and very red expansion of the RMIT’s Ho Chi Minh City campus. Spanning 14,400 square feet and six floors, the mesh covered Academic Building 2 (AB2) doubles the amount of teaching space on campus and it was designed to provide students with flexible learning space and more staff accommodation.
Sitting adjacent to the original Academic Building 1, which was designed by RMIT Professor of Architecture Norman Day, the exterior of the new AB2 building is clad in a striking red steel mesh screen that provides a modern aesthetic on the exterior as well as temperature and light control on the interior. Inside, students and staff use a special “speed stair” that allows for efficient vertical movement throughout the six-story building to the variety of mezzanine areas located on each floor. Design firm AEDAS was charged with the building’s interior design and used many works from local artists throughout the building.
As part of the university’s continued commitment to the environment, the building was designed in coordination with Australian five-star Green Building standards as are its other buildings in Melbourne: the award-winning Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub.