Progress on Bogle Architects' International School, Ho Chi Minh City
Construction is well under way for Bogle Architects' International School in Ho Chi Minh City. This new secondary school provides teaching facilities for over 900 students with an internationally renowned education programme. The 1.15 hectare site, located adjacent to the River Saigon, stands amongst a varied townscape of traditional residential units and new 25-storey residential blocks.
The design is notable for its clarity - all the main facilities are arranged along an internal central spine or “high street”. Each zone is located in order to optimise environmental conditions. The main teaching zone is situated to the east of the spine, with classrooms arranged in groups around pocket light wells, allowing daylight to enter from the north and south facades in direct response to the sun’s high trajectory throughout the year. Pocket gardens sit at the base of the light wells on the lower levels, and bring greenery into the building to enhance the students’ wellbeing.