Farming Kindergarten

Farming Kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects




Farming Kindergarten
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Vietnam historically an agricultural country is facing changes as it moves to a manufacturing based economy, taking its toll on the environment. Increased droughts, floods and salinization jeopardize food supplies, while numerous motorbikes cause daily congestion and air pollution in the cities.

Farming Kindergarten
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Rapid urbanization deprives Vietnamese children of green lands and playgrounds, thus relationship with nature. Farming Kindergarten is a challenge to counter these issues.

Farming Kindergarten
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Located next to a big shoe factory, and designed for 500 children of the factory’s workers, the building is conceived as a continuous green roof, providing food and agriculture experience to children, as well as an extensive playground to the sky.

Farming Kindergarten
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The green roof is a triple-ring shape drawn with a single stroke, encircling three courtyards inside as safe playgrounds. Recently, an experimental vegetable garden was realized on its top. Five different vegetables are planted in 200m2 garden for agriculture education.

Farming Kindergarten
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All functions are accommodated under this roof. As the roof lowers to the courtyard it provides access to the upper level and vegetable gardens on top- the place where children learn the importance of agriculture and recover connection to nature.

Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki

Environmental Strategies
The building is made of a continuous narrow strip with two side operable windows which maximize the cross ventilation and natural lighting. Additionally, architectural and mechanical energy-saving methods are comprehensively applied including but not limited to: green roof as insulation, green facade as shading and solar water heating.

Farming Kindergarten
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These devices are designed visibly and play an important role in the children’s sustainable education. Factory wastewater are recycled to irrigate greenery and flush toilets. As a result, the kindergarten is operated without air conditioners in the classrooms despite being located in a harsh tropical climate.

Farming Kindergarten
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According to post-occupancy record issued 10 months after completion, the building saves 25% of energy and 40% of fresh water compared to baseline building performance, reducing its running cost greatly.

Farming Kindergarten
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Cost-Efficiency
The building is designed for low-income factory workers’ children, therefore construction budget is quite limited. Therefore, the combination of local materials (ex. bricks, tiles) and low-tech construction methods are applied, which also help minimize the environmental impact as well as promote local industry.

Farming Kindergarten
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Thanks to simple rigid frame with economical materials, the construction cost per one square meter is only 500 USD including finishes and equipment, which is competitively cheap even within the Vietnamese market. Source by Vo Trong Nghia Architects.

Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki

Location: Biên Hòa, Dong Nai, Vietnam
Architect: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Principal Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa, Masaaki Iwamoto
Project Team: Tran Thi Hang, Kuniko Onishi
Green Building Consultant: Melissa Merryweather
Cfd Analysis: Environment Simulation Inc.
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 3,800 sqm
Year: 2013
Client: Pou Chen Vietnam
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki, Gremsy
Awards: FuturArc Prize, Professional category 2nd Prize, 2013

Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki
Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki
Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki
Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki
Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki
Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki
Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki
Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki
Farming Kindergarten
Photo © Hiroyuki Oki

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