Landscape architecture firm Grant Associates, who are based in Bath, have won an international competition to design the Vietnamese-German University Campus in Vietnam.
This is a unique collaboration between the World Bank, the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training and the German Hessen State Ministry of Science and Art that aims to develop an internationally accredited higher education program for research and advancement for Vietnamese students and to build a campus for the new university.
Machado and Silvetti Associates will be responsible for the delivery of Phase 1, US$121 million of the 50.5 hectare University Campus, whilst Grant Associates will mastermind the landscape strategy.
Phase One of the project is due for completion in November 2017.
Grant Associates’ landscape design proposal embraces the concept that a sustainable university campus should be a multi-layered and multifunctional landscape that becomes an active living classroom, as well as a tool for restoring and improving the environment.
The landscape strategy establishes an extensive network of gateways, courtyards and green spaces that encourages outdoor learning and social interaction, interlinked by comfortable and engaging shaded routes.
Andrew Grant, Director of Grant Associates, said: “We are excited to be working with Machado and Silvetti Associates and Arup on the integrated design for this important Campus.
“The ideas are based around the creation of landscape spaces and connections with strong identity and which offer multiple benefits for learning, improved environmental quality and outdoor recreation.”