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RMIT International University Vietnam
by Norman Day + Associates



Proprietor + Users RMIT International University Vietnam (RMIT Vietnam) is the country's first and only fully foreign-owned University delivering internationally recognised Australian university degrees in Vietnam. It means, for the first time, Vietnamese students can receive an overseas education without having to leave the country. The campus of RMIT Vietnam located at Saigon South is one of the most modern campuses in the region. Stage One covers almost 13 hectares, including the main building for teaching and learning, a sports field, volleyball court and jogging track. Stage Two will comprise student accommodation, an indoor sports stadium, swimming pool and tennis complex. Accommodation The main building has capacity for up to 3000 students with 37 classrooms and flexible learning spaces, seminar rooms and a mini-theatre. The challenge has been to design a building which will showcase state-of-the-art architecture in terms of sustainable design while advancing the level of building in Vietnam, which is inherently sustainable by design meaning it uses appropriate technology and materials, offers flexibility, is long life-loose fit, low maintenance - and uses vegetation as part of the architecture.

Design It is a contemporary architecture, authored by an Australia, but one which is informed by the history and culture of Vietnam. Much of the design relies on sensible design of the mechanical and electrical installation energy use, consumption and conservation other issues are to do with management and usage habits which will become apparent after construction. The concept of projecting via the architecture an set of innovations for the local building industry was paramount in our design. We have introduced new construction techniques into Vietnam such as pre-cast concrete panels, nil-maintenance finishes, tinted glass, insulation, fire protection, natural ventilation to breezeways and borrowed natural daylight Architecture as Learning Tool The intention was to use the project not only to obtain a fine building, but also to educate, train, transfer knowledge and empower the local workforce so they can grow out of the experience and develop this new knowledge as a primer for new business opportunities and improved construction habits. Specifically, we sought to improve and educate local skills and trades via the project in the following areas, which are explained in more detail below.

Norman Day + Associates
Project Team
Other Team Members : Enza Angelucci, Hoa Bach, Charmaine Wengsi Beh, Kirsten Day, Norman Day, Lani Fender, Phan Diem Hang, Shei Lin Teo.

Photographs by Norman Day + Associates, text by Norman Day + Associates

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects