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Green-roofed kindergarten constructed in Vietnam

Green-roofed kindergarten cons...
Farming Kindergarten, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
Farming Kindergarten, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The Farming Kindergarten measures 3,800 sq m (40,902 sq ft) (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The Farming Kindergarten measures 3,800 sq m (40,902 sq ft) (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The kindergarten is designed to cater to a maximum of 500 children (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The kindergarten is designed to cater to a maximum of 500 children (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The building is dominated by a triple-ring green roof (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The building is dominated by a triple-ring green roof (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The green roof also encloses three ground-level secure playgrounds (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The green roof also encloses three ground-level secure playgrounds (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The Farming Kindergarten was constructed in 2013 (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The Farming Kindergarten was constructed in 2013 (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The kindergarten building consists of a simple concrete structure (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The kindergarten building consists of a simple concrete structure (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The Farming Kindergarten sports a huge green roof, a water-recycling and irrigation system (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The Farming Kindergarten sports a huge green roof, a water-recycling and irrigation system (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
Farming Kindergarten, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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Farming Kindergarten, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
Waste water from the nearby factory is recycled and routed to the Farming Kindergarten for irrigation (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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Waste water from the nearby factory is recycled and routed to the Farming Kindergarten for irrigation (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The kindergarten is designed to cater to a maximum of 500 children and measures 3,800 sq m (40,902 sq ft) (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The kindergarten is designed to cater to a maximum of 500 children and measures 3,800 sq m (40,902 sq ft) (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The Farming Kindergarten serves the children of low-income factory workers based at an adjacent shoe factory (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The Farming Kindergarten serves the children of low-income factory workers based at an adjacent shoe factory (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
Farming Kindergarten, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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Farming Kindergarten, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The green roof itself is serves as a playground, and also sports a 200 sq m (2,152 sq ft) vegetable garden (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
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The green roof itself is serves as a playground, and also sports a 200 sq m (2,152 sq ft) vegetable garden (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
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Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
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Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
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Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
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Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
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Architectural drawing of the Farming Kindergarten (Image: Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
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Following our recent coverage on Vo Trong Nghia Architects' US$4,000 S House, the Vietnamese firm offers yet another impressive sustainable project that suits the particular local climate and needs. Located in the country’s Đồng Nai Province, the Farming Kindergarten sports a huge green roof, a water-recycling and irrigation system, and is cooled passively.

The Farming Kindergarten measures 3,800 sq m (40,902 sq ft), and was built to serve up to 500 of the children of low-income factory workers based at an adjacent shoe factory. The factory is owned by the Pou Chen Corporation, which makes footwear for Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reebok, and several other major footwear brands.

The two-story building's overall form is dominated by a triple-ring green roof that encloses three secure ground-level playgrounds. The green roof also serves as a playground (don't worry, there are large fences), and sports a 200 sq m (2,152 sq ft) vegetable garden used to teach the kids to grow their own greens.

The Farming Kindergarten serves the children of low-income factory workers based at an adjacent shoe factory (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)
The Farming Kindergarten serves the children of low-income factory workers based at an adjacent shoe factory (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)

The kindergarten's interior is kept cool with cross ventilation via ample operable windows and concrete louvers, in addition to the insulating effect of the large green roof. This combination is presumably effective as the building sports no air-conditioning despite the tropical climate. Waste water from the nearby factory is also recycled and routed for irrigation and use in the toilets, and a solar hot water heater produces warm water.

The Farming Kindergarten was constructed in 2013 at a cost of $500 per square meter, including all finishes and equipment, which Vo Trong Nghia Architects says is relatively cheap for such a building in Vietnam.

Source: Vo Trong Nghia Architects via Arch Daily

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1 comment
mookins
They could have these all over the country if we'd face up and pay reparations, but we lack the moral fiber that would require.