EcoKid Kindergarten

  • area / size 67,812 sqft
  • Completed 2019
  • Location Vinh, Vietnam,
  • LAVA designed a new eco-kindergarten encouraging curiosity, activity-based learning and interaction with nature for the next generation of children in Vinh, Vietnam.

    The kindergarten in Vinh, near Hanoi, Vietnam, unfolds with three semicircular buildings over three levels linked by bridges generating a series of interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces that are playful and safe while making a statement.

    The buildings are contextualised with the scale of the surrounding urban landscape. The curved shapes allow views of the adjacent Goong Lake to be maximised, connect the indoor spaces with each of the differently focussed courtyards, sparking curiosity to explore the playgrounds.

    They feature multiple circular cut out windows framed in bold primary colours and organic-shaped windows on the ground floor, varying in height and size to reflect the needs of different age groups. The strong window frame colourson white background make attractive venues for children.

    They give glimpses of the lake and city in the distance and provide light and cross ventilation.  The configuration forms three courtyard/playgrounds with a forest in between, with breezes from the lake adding to the natural experience.

    The organic shapes, gardens on every level, connect the space to nature at every point. Y-shaped footbridges connect the three buildings giving safe and pedestrian-friendly access. Materiality is also natural with wood, concrete.  The architectural concept for these outdoor spaces is the five elements according to Feng Shui – earth [sandpits and earth mounds], water [water elements], fire [kitchen], metal [playground equipment] and wood [plants and trees, mini golf].

    Physical development is also nurtured through these indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a sports centre and a swimming pool promoting a healthy lifestyle. And creativity too – with art classes, music room, library and masterchef kitchen.

    Ceilings feature fun flowing shapes and dinosaur-like ribbed surfaces. The facilities and teaching equipment cater for 750 children complying with international standards. Working closely with the client the project went from first meeting to completion in 12 months.

    Design: LAVA
    Interior Design: Module K and Viet Decor
    Photography: Hiroyuki Oki, Nguyen Thai Thach