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EcoKid Kindergarten Vinh, Vietnam

15 + 14 Apr 2020

New Eco-Kindi in Vietnam by LAVA, architects

Location: Vinh, near Hanoi, Vietnam

Architects: LAVA with Module K and Viet Décor

Vinh Kindergarten building in Vietnam aerial photo

Photos by Hiroyuki Oki

New Eco-Kindi– stimulating, safe and sustainable

EcoKid Kindergarten Vinh, Vietnam: LAVA

The design of a new EcoKid Kindergarten by LAVA with Module K and Viet Décor features spaces encouraging curiosity, activity-based learning and interaction with nature for the next generation of Vietnamese children.

EcoKid Kindergarten Vinh, Vietnam: LAVA

The kindergarten in Vinh, near Hanoi, Vietnam, unfolds with three semicircular buildings over three levels linked by bridges generating a series of interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces that are playful and safe while making an architectural statement.

EcoKid Kindergarten Vinh, Vietnam: LAVA

Chris Bosse, director LAVA, said: “The design language – organic shapes, simple architectural lines, primary colours, different facades/windows coded by age – is all about growth. It’s child-friendly without being childish”.

EcoKid Kindergarten Vinh, Vietnam: LAVA

“An education project for the future generation challenges us to question the ways we teach and learn. Rather than a sterile box with a teacher in front and kids in rows listening, we created a learning environment where discovery, curiosity, interaction with nature and activity-based learning are encouraged to promote children’s holistic development.”

EcoKid Kindergarten Vinh, Vietnam: LAVA

“This vision is realised through a design language based on nature and its structural geometries that inspires playful exploration of the world.”

EcoKid Kindergarten Vinh, Vietnam: LAVA

The buildings are contextualised with the scale of the surrounding urban landscape. The curved shapes allow views of the adjacent Goong Lake to be maximised, connect the indoor spaces with each of the differently focussed courtyards, sparking curiosity to explore the playgrounds.

Vinh Kindergarten building in Vietnam by LAVA Architects

They feature multiple circular cut out windows framed in bold primary colours and organic-shaped windows on the ground floor, all of which vary in height and size so they reflect the needs of different age groups.

Vinh Kindergarten building in Vietnam circular windows Vinh Kindergarten building stairs interior

The strong window frame colours on a white background make attractive venues for children. They give glimpses of the lake and city in the distance and provide light and cross ventilation.

Vinh Kindergarten building interior children play

The configuration forms three courtyard/playgrounds with a forest in between, with breezes from the lake adding to the natural experience.

Vinh nursery interior circular window

The organic shapes, gardens on every level, connect the space to nature at every point. Y-shaped footbridges connect the three buildings giving safe and pedestrian-friendly access. Materiality is also natural with wood, concrete.

Vietnam building design by LAVA Architects

The architectural concept for these outdoor spaces is the five elements according to Feng Shui – earth [sandpits and earth mounds], water [water elements], fire [kitchen], metal [playground equipment] and wood [plants and trees, mini golf].

Eco-Kindi Vinh Kindergarten swimming pool

Physical development is also nurtured through these indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a sports centre and a swimming pool promoting a healthy lifestyle. And creativity too – with art classes, music room, library and masterchef kitchen. Ceilings feature fun flowing shapes and dinosaur-like ribbed surfaces.

EVietnam building interior design by LAVA Architects

The facilities and teaching equipment cater for 750 children complying with international standards. Working closely with the client the project went from first meeting to completion in 12 months.

Eco-Kindi Vietnam, Vinh Kindergarten interior design by LAVA

Bosse added: “Experiencing modern design from an early age leaves an unforgettable impact, creating spatial awareness whilst nurturing the foundations of creativity. Indeed such was my childhood growing up opposite the Institute for Lightweight Structures founded by Frei Otto, the architect of the Munich Olympic roof.”

EcoKid Kindergarten Vinh, Vietnam: LAVA

New Eco-Kindi in Vietnam by LAVA – Building Information

NAME OF PROJECT EcoKid Kindergarten
LOCATION Vinh, Vietnam
CLIENT Hoo Goong Education Development & Investment
STATUS Built
SIZE 6300 m2
PARTNERS Module K, Viet Decor

IMAGE CREDITS Hiroyuki Oki, Nguyen Thai Thach

PRACTICE CREDITS
LAVA: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck Project team: Dong Viet Ngoc Bao, Do Thi Duong Thi, Vu Ngoc Anh, Nguyen Truong Ngan, Cao Trung Nguyen, Trinh Tien Vinh, Bui Quang Khanh, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, Tran Minh Triet, Nguyen Le Yen Oanh, Pham Duy Bao Long, Nguyen Phuc Anh Thu MODULE K: Nguyen Thi Kim Ngoc, Nguyen Anh Huy Vietdecor: Tran Huu Tho, Pham Ngoc Thai, Pham Cong Trung, Nguyen Tuan Anh.

ABOUT MODULE K
An interior design company based in HCMC, Vietnam, Module K specialise in ‘Mix & Match’ capturing objects and colours in harmonising proportions through the integration of contemporary and local art cultures, meeting the need for authentic Vietnamese design with contemporary needs. With years of experience working they achieve their designs through listening, insight and responsible construction. http://www.modulek.com.vn/

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