Vo Trong Nghia's chequerboard university
building gets going in Vietnam

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News: construction is now underway on a building designed by Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects for a technical university near Hanoi, featuring a chequerboard facade of concrete slabs and tree-filled balconies (+ slideshow).

FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia

The new building will function as a gateway to FPT Technical University, and is the first phase in a masterplan to upgrade the facilities of the private institution that was only established in 2006.

FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia

According to Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the structure is intended to promote sustainable development in Vietnam, in response to rapid industrialisation that causes frequent power shortages, increasing temperatures, high levels of pollution and reduced green space.



"It is our goal to create a green university building that counters these problems as well as instils sustainable practices to these future generations," said the design team.

FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia

Creating 11,000 square metres of floor space, the seven-storey facility will feature a prefabricated modular concrete structure that can flexibly accommodate different uses, while also keeping construction costs to a minimum.

FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia

The building is orientated to face the prevailing wind, allowing for efficient cross ventilation, and large trees positioned in front of every window will help to lower the temperature of the air flow through the interior.

FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia

A shallow plan will also allow daylight to permeate each storey, reducing the need for artificial lighting.

FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia

Vo Trong Nghia Architects – whose previous projects include a naturally ventilated school and a thatched bamboo bar – says the structure provides an alternative to the air-conditioning-reliant buildings that dominate South-East Asia.

FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia

"New construction in Vietnam is often influenced by building typologies of the west that are not suited for a tropical climate of South-East Asia," said the team.

"This passive building design takes advantage of the local climate's abundant natural resources of sunlight, water, wind to create a comfortable environment."


Project credits:

Client: FPT University
Design credit: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Principal Architect: Vo Trong Nghia
Associate Architect: Vu Hai
Architect: Ngo Thuy Duong, Tran Mai Phuong
Graphic Images: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia
Concept diagram
FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia
Section – click for larger image
FPT University Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia
Elevation – click for larger image
  • Kalum

    At last; trees not magically growing on 50cm concrete slabs.

  • Trung Nguyen

    Một hướng đi mới của kiến trúc sư Võ Trọng Nghĩa. Nó sẽ khiến kiến trúc Việt Nam ngày càng phát triển hơn nữa! Chúc mừng anh và cảm ơn những gì anh đã mang lại cho kiến trúc!

  • Ba Con Tép

    Nice building! Congratulations.

  • Phuong Hana

    Vẫn là phong cách đó… đơn giản nhưng đẹp. Mong chờ công trình tiếp theo của anh! Chúc anh có thêm nhiều công trình xanh nữa trong tương lai.

  • Galicer

    Someone obviously doesn’t understand the basic concepts of sarcasm.

  • Jenif Saravana

    Nice building! Congratulations.