A design team of Grant Associates and Machado and Silvetti Associates Inc. has been announced as the winner of a competition to create a campus for the new Vietnamese-German University in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Grant Associates will generate the landscape strategy while Boston-based Machado and Silvetti Associates will be responsible for the delivery of Phase I, $121m of the 50.5 hectare University Campus.
Director at Grant Associates Andrew Grant commented: “We are excited to be working with Machado and Silvetti Associates and Arup on the integrated design for this important campus. The ideas are based around the creation of landscape spaces and connections with strong identity and which offer multiple benefits for learning, improved environmental quality and outdoor recreation.”
The creation of the new institution in Binh Duong Province is the result of a partnership between the World Bank, the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training, and the German Hessen State Ministry of Science and Art. The educational facility will provide an internationally accredited higher education programme for Vietnamese students.
The landscape strategy proposed by Grant Associates looks to create a living classroom that engages students with nature and encourages them to interact with the sustainable university campus. A native tropical woodland perimeter belt introduces shade and reduced air temperature whilst providing shelter, shade and new habitats for wildlife.
A network of water gardens and channels is not only aesthetically pleasing but also fully functional. This water management system incorporates storm water attenuation, cleansing and filtration, and is embedded within the landscaping for a picturesque appearance. The campus will also be activated with a series of courtyard gardens with quiet seating areas and tree-lined avenues echoing the existing landscaping of Ho Chi Mihn District One.