The principles for development of RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus are:
- Efficient use of site
- Fostering a sense of community (including a sense of ‘arrival’)
- Architecture sympathetic with environment
- Facilities which connect with open spaces
- Environmental sustainability
- Use of natural wind flow for ventilation where feasible
- Landscaping that assists security
In developing the Saigon South campus as a sustainable campus the University considered the following:
- Design approach to buildings using RMIT University’s Design Brief developed by the Property Services division of the university.
- The sitting of the buildings on an East-West axis to minimise the negative impacts of the local climate on the built environment such as unwanted solar gains.
- Incorporating energy and water saving initiatives into the design of buildings and services.
- The sustainability of the materials used and the manufacturing/transport process.
- Construction processes which protect the soil air and water elements of the site.
- The uses to which our buildings would be put – with a focus on the concept of ‘student centred learning’ – and the health and well being of the users, were at the forefront of design considerations.
Important design aspects for the comfort of occupants included:
- Thermal comfort
- Visual comfort
- Aural comfort
- Indoor air quality
- Access to a window view and daylight
- Ability to locally control the thermal and visual environments