VTN Architects’ Brick Training Complex Will Create Its Own Microclimate Using ‘Sky Walks’


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VTN Architects has revealed plans for a new training complex for Vietnam’s largest mobile network operator located within a training center campus at Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, 30 km outside of the capital city of Hanoi. Currently under construction, the Viettel Academy Education Center has been designed as a “cooling microclimate” with short-term residential accommodation aimed at creating a quiet, peaceful space for the company’s new trainees to focus on their studies away from the distraction of the city.


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The Education Centre consists of 12 programmatically-arranged blocks connected via multiple levels of circulation paths, including an expansive upper story concrete ‘sky walk’ that serves as a park space and helps to shield spaces below from sunlight. Coupled with a series of ‘overflow pools’ on the ground level, the buildings are able to produce a reduced-temperature microclimate within both indoor and outdoor spaces, a necessity in the hot tropical climate of Hanoi.


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The blocks range in size from 2 stories to 5 stories, accommodating classrooms, meeting rooms, halls, and offices. Between the volumes, ground-level and hanging gardens create a friendly atmosphere both horizontally and vertically, and provide a relaxing space for students to gather during breaks.

The buildings are all being constructed from locally-made red-bricks, giving the complex a monolithic presence. At 12-16 inches (300-400 millimeters) thick, the exterior walls are made from 2 layers of bricks with a void between for insulation, reducing heat gain and energy use for cooling.


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“The brick facades become the backdrop of activities that are taking place around the blocks, creating a vivid memory for the participants during the training course,” explain the architects. “The combination of red bricks facade with green space will bring a harmonious atmosphere with nature.”

Construction on the project is currently underway with completion expected by the end of 2017.

News via VTN Architects.


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  • Architects: VTN Architects
  • Location: Thạch Thất, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Principal Architect: Vo Trong Nghia
  • Design Team: Ngo Thuy Duong, Do Minh Thai, Do Huu Tam
  • Client: Viettel Corporation
  • Contractor: Delta Corp
  • Site Area: 9,026 m2
  • Area: 2651.0 m2

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