RMIT Vietnam NewsBuilding foundations for the future

Building foundations for the future

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:33

If you’re travelling along Nguyen Van Linh, it’s hard to miss the newest feature of the Phu My Hung landscape. 

The construction of RMIT Vietnam’s new academic building - a building of style and sophistication, characterised by the modernity of its red angles and white and grey facets – is winding down, and students and staff alike are gearing up for their inaugural semester in their new academic home.

RMIT University Vietnam has invested more than US$20 million in this, the second dedicated academic building on the SGS campus, to provide the best learning and teaching facility for its students.  Designed in line with Australian 5-Star standards in environmental sustainability, the educational spaces are interspersed with social areas and places where collaborative projects can take shape.

“I think the new learning areas for students will be really useful,” said Ms Mai Tran Phuong Thao, a student studying the Marketing stream of the Bachelor of Commerce at RMIT’s Saigon South campus.

“We have a lot of group assignments, and it’s much more effective to work together on those, rather than individually – it’s really valuable to be able to share ideas.  At the moment I like the group work spaces in the library, but RMIT has a lot of students these days, and it will be great when there are more spaces like this.”

Neil Martin, RMIT Vietnam’s Director of Property Services, has managed the final stages of the project to create a dynamic building that adds significant value to the RMIT Vietnam built environment.

"The architecture of the new building, in many ways, reflects the student's journey at RMIT. You walk in and the first thing you see is this striking red staircase dominating the foyer - it's visible right up to the very top floor of the building - representing the students' aspirations in progressing through their academic journey.  Then you have this incredible skylight that just bathes every level in light and openness and transparency - it's actually an incredible space, really inspirational."

The AB2 complex highlights the fusion of design and technology that RMIT is globally renowned for, and is set to inspire generations of Vietnamese students well into the future in an atmosphere where academic excellence is celebrated.

AB2 will be operational later this year.