Grant Associates to design landscape at Vietnamese-German university

Landscape architects Grant Associates working with Boston architects Machado and Silvetti Associates have won an international competition to design a university campus in Vietnam.

A CGI view of the landscape from one of the university windows
A CGI view of the landscape from one of the university windows

Their designs were chosen for the Vietnamese-German University Campus in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam.

The project is a result of a unique collaboration between the World Bank, the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training and the German Hessen State Ministry of Science and Art that aims to develop an internationally accredited higher education program for research and advancement for Vietnamese students and to build a campus for the new university.

Machado and Silvetti Associates will be responsible for the delivery of phase one, US$121 million of the 50.5 hectare campus while Grant Associates will mastermind the landscape strategy. The phase is due for completion in November 2017.

Grant Associates’ landscape design proposal embraces the concept that a sustainable university campus should be a multi-layered and multifunctional landscape that becomes an active living classroom, as well as a tool for restoring and improving the environment.

The landscape strategy establishes an extensive network of gateways, courtyards and green spaces that encourages outdoor learning and social interaction, interlinked by comfortable and engaging shaded routes.

Highlights include planting a native tropical woodland perimeter belt which brings shade, shelter and reduced air temperature for people and wildlife alike, a series of individual courtyard gardens, tree-lined avenues framing large open spaces to a grand setting to the architecture in the centre of the development, inspired by the urban grain of Ho Chi Mihn District One and flexible enough for large outdoor performance and events.

Sustainable water management is a central feature of the landscape design. A ‘water treatment train’ of storm water attenuation, cleansing and filtration allows water to be recycled within the site for irrigation and maintenance. It is embedded into the landscape providing water gardens and channels.

Grant Associates director Andrew Grant said: "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."

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