Gardening on the Rooftop: The Farming Kindergarten
Updated: Aug 21, 2020
Spreading over 3800 square meters, the Farming Kindergarten by VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects) is an astounding architectural project trying to give back the power to the people. The Kindergarten for 500 preschool children, situated next to a big shoe-factory, is a prototype of the sustainable education space in tropical climate. Located in Biên Hòa, Dong Nai, Vietnam, the contemporary kindergarten strives to supply two activities of utmost importance: learning and growing food.
The Farming Kindergarten is located next to a large shoe factory where the parents of these 500 children enrolled here work. In order to keep and forge a deeper relationship with a natural environment, the Farming Kindergarten was “conceived as a continuous green roof, providing food and agriculture experience to children, as well as an extensive playground to the sky.” They continue with explanations about the structure and functions: “The green roof is a triple-ring shape drawn with a single stroke, encircling three courtyards inside as safe playgrounds. Recently, an experimental vegetable garden was realized on its top. Five different vegetables are planted in 200m2 garden for agriculture education. All functions are accommodated under this roof. As the roof lowers to the courtyard it provides access to the upper level and vegetable gardens on top- the place where children learn the importance of agriculture and recover connection to nature.”
Designed to maximize light and fresh air intake, the modern kindergarten is insulated by a green roof and a green facade shading the interior spaces. Solar water heating and recycled waste water from the nearby factory are used for irrigation and flushing toilets. As part of our Green Architecture strategy, every environmentally-friendly function is shown in order to participate to a healthy, ignorance-free education for these children.
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