RMIT International University, Vietnam has opened the doors to the new Academic Building 2 (AB2) within the Ho Chi Minh campus. The new facility provides an innovative learning hub for the fast growi...
RMIT International University, Vietnam has opened the doors to the new Academic Building 2 (AB2) within the Ho Chi Minh campus. The new facility provides an innovative learning hub for the fast growing population of international students in Vietnam.
RMIT is Vietnam’s first and only, fully foreign-owned university, delivering internationally recognised degrees from campuses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Over 5000 international students from across the world are currently enrolled into degree programs and academic English classes. 1,100 students are able to populate the new AB2 building at any given time. The AB2 development is part of a Saigon South expansion project which includes a sports and leisure complex and student accommodation. Comprising 14,400m2 of specialist teaching, cross discipline learning environments and staff accommodation over six floors, the eye-catching facade of AB2 also provides a much needed entry gesture for the campus. Director of Property Services Neil Martin said it was a team effort that brought about such a successful result. “The design teams have done a great job articulating the vision for Academic Building 2, which a highly motivated project team have taken up and tirelessly driven to completion,” he said. The building is organised around a central, vertically connected learning axis, providing an “academic heart” for the building where students can meet, socialise and study. A key component is the variety of informal learning spaces located throughout the building and the flexibility of the learning environments. AB2 was designed to meet the new LOTUS rating standards (Vietnam Green Building Council) and is also in line with the GBCA 5-star Green Star rating. It responds directly to its immediate environment with a back-up generator, waste treatment plant, parking for 900 scooters (no cars) and contextual strategies such as breezeways, protective rain-screen and a ‘self-cleaning’ façade.