Located in the center of the university village of HCM, the student culture center is at the heart of the entire village to integrate students’ activities for all universities in the village. The function of the project is to serve students. Besides study functions, there are a lot of other indoor and outdoor activities for students. It is a cultural exchange activity among students in all universities in this village.
When brainstorming ideas, sustainable design is the key factor during the design stage: how to minimize power consumption, maximize natural light and wind, reduce heat absorption to the building, etc. The design team tried to create a unique design that fulfills all requirements of a green building.
Shape: hexagon shape was formed to maximize the light go to almost every single functional room inside. It is also an impressive and unique shape among square- box high-rise universities and dormitories around. One basement, 5 floors above, with total GFA 30,000 m2. Site coverage is only 20%
Roof: Green roof to reduce solar radiation and heat go to the building. Rainwater could be collected to water the green roof.
A big open void as an interactive space connects from the ground floor to the roof. The purpose of this void to release the hot air to the outside. Sunlight can come through this void to other parts of the building to the ground floor.
Façade: vertical concrete bar system as another layer to protect the building from sunlight in the west direction.
The ground floor is open, let the wind from open space in the park get through to the building, cool down the building.
Despite this, this building doesn’t have any qualification of green design organization, but the design team tried to apply as many as possible green design criteria during the design stage.
Project Scopes: GK Archi was the main consultant for this project. Scopes of services consisted of concept design, basic design, development design, and landscape design for architecture, structure, MEP.
Site area: 35,000 m2
Plot ratio/Floor Area Ratio: 0.8
GFA: 30.000 m2
Total site coverage (%): 20%
Types of uses within the building: Students