Farming Kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Beautifully-designed kindergarten for 500 preschool children located in Biên Hòa, Dong Nai, Vietnam. The building is situated next to a shoe factory where the parents of the children enrolled here work. The modern kindergarten is insulated by a green roof which provides food and agricultural experience for the children, as well as safe outdoor playground. Solar water heating and recycled waste water from the nearby factory are used for irrigation and flushing toilets.
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.