Chuon Chuon Kim 2 Kindergarten / KIENTRUC O

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  • Architects: KIENTRUC O
  • Location: District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Lead Architect: Đàm Vũ
  • Project Team: Anni Lê, Tài Nguyễn, Phương Đoàn, Duy Tăng, Giang Lê, Đức Lê, Tân Phạm
  • Area: 409.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki
  • Constructor: Đinh Đức Anh Vũ
  • Client: Chuon Chuon Kim Edu
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Text description provided by the architects. The Chuon Chuon Kim 2 Kindergarten project was introduced to Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2 as an educational environment that captivates and stimulates meaningful cross interactions amongst the children and the adult. Installed within the school is an openness with a spark of curiosity that allows people of all ages to venture and explore the space in a relaxing and calming atmosphere.

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As we have engaged in numerous educational projects, we recognize that these experiences are equally as important as the responsibility of

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the kids. It invokes a sense of pride, and interests within the teacher and the staffs. It inspires and embraces them, for they have chosen to dedicate their lives to the education and the well-being of the children on a daily basis.

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Like a giant Lego building, the kindergarten is constructed entirely in bare brick forming patterns and openings that is playful to the eyes, conveying a unique aesthetic value and promoting natural ventilation. Classrooms and utility rooms are organized around a playful core. Each floor is arranged in an alternating pattern to enhance vertical interaction, encourage children to be more receptive to their surroundings, and stimulate their inner creativity.

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Juxtapose to the calming atmosphere of the classrooms, the core is ample and full of movement.  From the garden on the ground floor, the spaces form an aperture that frames a continuous perspective that is visible from outside in and inside out. Continually upward, the interior spaces connect to an open rooftop garden, waiting to be discovered with a rewarding experience of the infinite vista of the Saigon river.

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The journey of discovery in the kindergarten is a very liberating one because of the continuous changes, and the endless experiences that are tailored personally to each space. Conclusively, Chuon Chuon Kim 2 Kindergarten is a place of surprises that will never cease to tickle the curious souls, children and adult alike.

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