Bogle Architects applies a light touch to Vietnam secondary school design

A London architectural practice is designing a new secondary school in Vietnam.

Bogle Architects, which has offices in London, Prague and Hong Kong, has designed the International School Ho Chi Minh City on behalf of client Cognita Asia.

The school, intended to cater to 900 students, is to be situated on a 1.5 hectare site adjacent to the River Saigon, and will stand amidst a varied townscape of traditional residences and new 25-storey residential blocks.

The school building will provide over 25,000 sqm of accommodation. The main facilities are arranged along an internal central ‘spine’ of ‘high street’. The main teaching zone is situated to the east of the spine, with classrooms arranged in groups around pocket light wells. These are intended to allow daylight to enter from the north and south facades.

Pocket gardens at the base of the light wells on the lower levels will bring greenery into the building, which it is said will enhance the students’ well-being.

“The building has been designed in direct relation to the sun’s path,” said project architect Luigi Simione. “North/south windows allow in natural light, west-facing louvred screens reduce heat gain, and roof gardens provide insulation.”

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