Vietnamese university to turn campus into ‘terraced forest’

Pockets of plantings will be dispersed throughout the staggered floors of the building, framing the expansive courtyard at its center. 

September 21, 2015 |
Vietnamese university to turn campus into ‘terraced forest’

Renderings courtesy Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Renderings of a verdant campus designed by Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects are making rounds around the Internet.

The plans are for privately-owned FPT University’s new 390,297-sf campus in Ho Chi Minh city, Mental Floss reports.

“Pockets of planting will be dispersed throughout the staggered floors of the building, framing the expansive courtyard at its centre,” the university announced in a release. “The number of floors will increase towards the corners of the plot and fall in the flanks to create a gently undulating outline that counters the city's typically vertical blocks.”

According to Architectural Digest, using vegetation as a form of architectural structure “has been a hallmark of Vo Trong Nghia Architects.” Among the firm’s vegetation-heavy portfolio is a farming kindergarten in Dongnai, Vietnam, completed in 2013, and the bamboo-heavy Vietnam Pavilion for EXPO Milano in April 2015.

As of now, no construction start or completion date has been announced.

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