The entire HCMC student cultural center has a floor area of nearly 40,000m2 located in the central campus of the 3.5-hectare National University of Ho Chi Minh City. The project is designed by two Vietnamese and Japanese companies: GK Archi and Nihon Sekkei are considered as a gift of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee for students of Ho Chi Minh City National University.
- Project information:
- Project’s name: HCMC Student Cultural Center
- Design company: GK Archi – Nihon Sekkei
- Investor: Ho Chi Minh City Union
- Principal architects: Nguyen Trung Kien, Shatoshi Shimizu
- Location of the project: Di An, Binh Duong
- Total area: 3.5 ha
- Year of completion: 2020.
The work was well designed for natural ventilation by the study of aerodynamics. In the middle of the building is a skylight providing wind and natural light for the entire large volume of the building. Above the ceiling of each room in the building, there is a ventilation system to connect with the hot air flow of the inside of the skylight area, creating convective air flows throughout the corners of the building.
The exterior design is designed in a hexagon shape with a system of nearly 3,000 white light-weight concrete ladders surrounded by both a continuous building block for the building and an effective sun-blocking and heat-insulating system for inner function. Overall, the building is very soft thanks to the winding system on the façade of the building and is nicknamed the White House of the students.
Student culture center of Ho Chi Minh City – the gathering place of young people
Through the design of the first First Prize 2012 contest, GK Archi and Nihon Sekkei always build ideas based on the utilities and needs of students. The plan always optimizes cultural and sports activities for the University age. And until the project is completed, besides cultural activities, this place is also one of the famous places and focus on weekly activities of young people. And also a virtual living spot, check-in is very popular on social networks and student forums thanks to the recognizable icon architecture and a lot of spacious and diverse spaces.