The competition results were recently announced for the upcoming University of Science and Technology Hanoi in Vietnam. Organized by [phase eins], the competition started with a total of 47 applications, the jury shortlisted six proposals. Finally, the jury convened in December to rank the top six from 1st to 6th prize.

Here’s the final ranking of each team (listed by their Lead Consultant):

Implemented by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Viet Nam, USTH is being built to become the next leading training and research center at regional and international standards.

The total area of the project will be approximately 243,600 sq.m. to accommodate up to 5,000 students in 2020, followed by future expansion for 15,000 students in 2030. The project budget is currently set at US$210 million, and will be implemented until 2017.

Scroll down further to see the first prize proposal.

Project description:

“Campus implementation and organization The USTH Campus is organized around the “Water Park,” a clear central open space that brings together all campus activities around a core dedicated to meetings and gatherings—as well as to contemplation and thinking—in a preserved natural environment. The “Waterpark” offers a variety of spaces, each of a distinctive character: plaza, lakes and ponds, landscaped banks, “Isle of contemplation,” gardens, strolling paths, event places, all intended to contribute to the stimulation of students and researchers as integral part of the campus life. Organized around the core, four districts are clearly identifiable: administration area, shared facilities, the 6 faculties and dormitories.”

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“The entire campus is aligned with the four cardinal directions allowing easy response to climatic conditions with appropriate measures (solar protection of buildings, natural wind acceleration between buildings) and also provides the possibility of arranging campus extensions in geometric and functional continuity, beyond Phase 2 in the western part of the site. Presence of water is a major feature of the project. The existing natural water expanses will be preserved in most parts, and become an integral part of the image of the Hanoi campus.”

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“In the eastern part of the site, the water (Lake D) will be partially covered by the shared facilities buildings. These buildings will be constructed on piles anchored in the stable rock underneath. This way the existing waters will transform into underground water storage, however, they remain connected to the entire lake and pond system so the general water level is not altered. The presence of these underground water expanses will contribute to a system of natural cooling and ventilation for the shared facilities buildings.”

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“A coherent architectural set

1. A landmark building: the Learning Center The Learning Center is the main entity of USTH. It is the place for students to develop knowledge through individual and collective work as well as lectures and conferences. The building draws the south limit of the waterpark. Elevated above the entrance axis, it embodies a gate to the USTH. Large elevated nave, detached from the contingencies, the Learning Center is the landmark building of the campus.”

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“2. Efficiency, connectivity and high-level technicality: Faculties buildings Each of the six faculties buildings are aligned on the north side of the Waterpark. Teaching and administration areas take place at the front, all linked together with the peripheral gallery. Research and offices are located at a more protected level, in the courtyard buildings.”

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“3. Family scale housing At the southwest corner of the Waterpark, the dormitories district is organized along the water bank. The lakes naturally isolate this living area from the campus teaching areas, preserving intimacy and creating a village atmosphere. The peripheral gallery provides a pedestrian connection to this district, across three bridges: from the Learning Center facilities on the south side and from the faculties on the north side.

Each building is composed of an ‘apartment’ layout, to create living communities at small scale. Natural ventilation is enhanced, from the ground floor to the roof level, through outdoor corridors and ‘wind towers.’ Along the peripheral gallery, on the dormitories’ ground floor level, kiosks and small shops bring animation to this living district. ”

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Project credits:

Lead Consultant A.S. Architecture Studio, Paris/France
Author: Rene Henri Arnaud (President of Director’s Board)

Further JV P artners or Sub-Consultants:
VHA Architects, France
INGEROP International, France
Projet BASE SARL, France

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