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Nguyen Hieu Tu High School
APEN ARCHITECTURE Vietnam (2022-2022)

Dec 26, 2023
Nguyen Hieu Tu High School was built on an area of 11705 m2 in Phong Thoi Hamlet, Vung Liem Town, Vung Liem District, Vinh Long Province, Vietnam. The project's primary components include a 4-story classroom block, a 3-story practice block, a 2-story sign block, a reception hall block, a multipurpose gymnasium, and a football field. The school was attentively designed to meet the educational requirements of around 1,200 students.

The complete project is divided into distinct sections that are arranged consistently. The transition area is a sizable lobby system, and the classroom blocks are organized in a U-shape with the playground in the center. Additionally, the lobby system that follow the layout of the school making all blocks connect together.

The school yard, which in the center of the building, is used for both outdoor events and as a playground for pupils during recess. Additionally, the multipurpose building block and mini football field are set up separately in order to not interfere with the lecture space. As Vietnam is in the tropical temperature conditions zone, this method of structuring space creates ventilation and effectively avoids typical adverse climate factors such as sun and rain. The project's showpiece is the welcome hall, which is over 8 meters higher than the entrance. This area serves as a pick-up and drop-off location for students, a playground indoors, and a venue for various school-related events.

To honor and preserve the identity of a traditional Vietnamese school, the project was established specially to commemorate the late prime minister Vo Van Kiet's 100th birthday in his birthplace. The entire project is designed in a unified manner, the building's layout is serene and open, and it features the typical horizontal welcome gate common to Vietnamese schools to demarcate the outside and inside area, which was inspired by traditional Japanese welcoming gates. The project is a typical model for the architecture of a classic Vietnamese school with open space, in which the central courtyard represents a connection and collective value corresponding to Vietnamese culture.

Type of works: Civil works – Educational works
Reinforced concrete frame structure system
Construction area: 3093 m2
Building density: 31.5%

APEN Architecture
Arabian Sea Oceanarium
Anirudha .S. Adivarekar India (2019-2023)

Jan 11, 2024
The proposed project is an oceanarium situated at the iconic Shivaji Maharaj Memorial site, just off the picturesque Marine Drive in Mumbai. This endeavor has been carefully chosen to fulfill the growing demand for a public aquarium that can captivate both national and international tourists and visitors. The project encompasses a comprehensive array of features essential for an oceanarium, catering to educational, entertainment, research, recreational, and conservation purposes. Importantly, it is designed to harmonize with the marine habitat and ecosystems, ensuring minimal disruption.

Main Display Zone:
This oceanarium serves as a sanctuary for the rich marine life inhabiting the epipelagic zone along the eastern coast of India, specifically focusing on three key regions: the Malabar, the Gulf of Khambhat, and the Lakshadweep Islands. These regions collectively constitute the "Main Display Zone" and are home to over 80% of India's diverse fish species. Visitors can explore a captivating display of marine life from these areas.

Hell Zone Display:
For the adventurous souls seeking a thrill, the "Hell Zone Display" offers an opportunity to observe the formidable sharks of all three coastal regions, complete with an underwater shark cage and tunnel. This immersive experience promises an up-close encounter with these magnificent creatures.

Recreational Heaven Zone:
The "Recreational Heaven Zone" is a paradise for leisure seekers. It features the Oceanarium Park, where visitors can swim with dolphins and dugongs, engage in scuba diving amidst schools of fish, and explore an aqua museum. Additionally, this zone boasts a 4D Sky Ocean Motion Theatre and a gift shop, making it the perfect conclusion to your journey through the oceanarium building.
But wait! Before reaching the ferry boat, there's one more surprise waiting on the visitor jetty terrace: an open, lush evergreen landscape with a 360-degree panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and the Marine Drive arc, providing a perfect final destination.

Research and Conservation:
Beyond entertainment, the project places a strong emphasis on research and conservation efforts. It incorporates facilities for taxidermy processes, marine DNA research, and a Marine Test-Tube Laboratory.

Service Zone
The service zone is properly placed in the corner, away from the oceanarium display buildings. It includes the Service Jetty that features a lighthouse, emergency search craft, and service boat. There are also storage tank facilities, including Rainwater Harvesting, a Drinking Water Reservoir, Grey and Black Water Storage Tanks for treating marine water, a Fire-Fighting Water Tank and Pump Room, and a Marine Deep Water Inlet Pump Room. Moreover, underground drainage and sewage treatment plants, an AC Plant Room, the building's electrical system, and a caretaker cabinet for 24-hour security are all part of the service facilities.

In conclusion:
The Arabian Sea Oceanarium project represents a harmonious blend of entertainment, education, research, and conservation, all set within the stunning backdrop of the Arabian Sea. Its aim to create an immersive and enriching experience for visitors while contributing to the preservation of the ocean's precious biodiversity.

1. Location: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Arabian Sea, off Marine Drive Mumbai, Maharashtra.
2. Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Site Area: 1, 59,600 (15.96 Ha) - RECREATIONAL PLOT
3. Proposed Oceanarium Campus Site Area: 30,621 m²
4. Building Floors: Ground plus 6 Floor
5. F.S.I: 0.50 (50%)
6. Building Carpet Area: 12,611 m²
7. Building Built Up Area: 15,131 m²
8. Ancillary Building Services Area: 12,500 m² (Free From F.S.I as per government norms)
9. Building Landscape Area: 12,951 m² (Free From F.S.I as per government norms)
10. Facilities for Reaching Proposed Oceanarium: Primary Option is Passenger Ferry Boat; and Secondary option by Helicopter
11. Building Annual Energy Consumption & Surplus:
a) 500 solar panels for oceanarium space, which 500W per solar panel. Produce according to sun hours in Mumbai are as follows.
• Annual Required Energy Consumption: 547500 MWH
• Annual Energy Generation: 799702.5 MWH
• Annual Energy Surplus: 252202.5 MWH
b) 250 solar panels for public space, which carry 500W per solar panel. Produce according to sun hours in Mumbai are as follows.
• Annual Required Energy Consumption: 273750 MWH
• Annual Energy Generation: 399851.2 MWH
• Annual Energy Surplus: 126101.2 MWH

Please Note:
The current interior images are different from the interior images given in the 36 cycle, because this will be the Second interior as well as Outer design look option, for the State Government of India.
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Anirudha .S. Adivarekar (Under graduation Project)
• Architecture thesis guide: Professor. Asha Baste (B. Arch from Pratt institute, New York)
• External Architecture thesis guide: Professor. R .S. Dixit (New Diploma in Architecture from B.K.P.S, Pune)
• Structural Engineer thesis guide: Professor. Prabhu Atre (Affiliate of American Institute of Architect)
Beyond Living
Niloofar Golshani Iran (2022-)

Mar 09, 2024
This project is designed as a case study for a master's thesis titled " Driving affordable housing design patterns for middle income groups". This thesis is looking for architectural solutions to solve the problem of middle-class housing in big cities and the designer's role in reducing the price and optimizing the housing. It is assumed that due to the change in the lifestyle, culture and needs of today's societies compared to the past, housing needs new models that are appropriate to these changes. Additionally, by revising the design method, the need to build low-quality and outlying houses under the title of supportive housing can be avoided and a space with dignity and quality and suitable location can be provided to the middle class (6th-9th deciles). In this research, after examining the definitions of residence, housing and its quantitative and qualitative dimensions, the demographics of housing and the study of the middle class are discussed. And after that, the history of social and supportive housing in Iran and the world has been reviewed. In the experiences section, 9 successful countries in the field of providing supportive housing were studied and their experiences were analyzed and at the end 13 architectural solutions were extracted (which can be seen in the conceptual framework of the research). In the end, some of the presented solutions have been used in the design of a case example, which includes: cohousing as the first priority along with, flexibility, downsizing, work and living and proper use of materials. The designed complex is a combination of apartment units with different areas with the aim of creating a mixed-income housing that has a significant impact on social sustainability.

Location: Mashhad- Iran
Area: 4840 Square Meters
Buildings: 4 Residential Blocks with their exclusive shared spaces - 1 shared block for all the complex

Student: Niloofar Golshani
Supervisor: Dr Mahshid Sehizade
Cultural Center of An Giang Province
Lam Phương Nguyễn Vietnam (2023-2024)

Mar 31, 2024
Cultural Center Of An Giang Province

“An Giang is one of two provinces in the Mekong Delta with both plain and mountainous terrain. Therefore, there are many beautiful natural landscapes, vast rivers, majestic mountains, cajuput forests, vast fields, etc.”
Firstly, because as a person born and raised in An Giang, I always want to contribute something to building my hometown An Giang.
Secondly, An Giang is a long-standing place of harmonious coexistence mainly for four ethnic groups: Kinh, Chinese, Cham, Khmer, so rich cultural values have been formed, with many folk festivals, traditional craft villages and unique architectural works. Those cultural values need to be preserved and promoted.
Finally, in addition to existing cultural works, it is necessary to form a provincial cultural center at the location of the existing historical center, which is oriented to develop into an urban gateway. Along with the surrounding outstanding works, it will become a commercial - general service - cultural - religious tourism - conference center area.

“Create a space where free exchange activities are possible; entertainment and relaxation with community activities; Participate in cultural activities, playgrounds, fairs, outdoor activities, etc. instead of just hanging around at home with social networks.
At the same time, project with the concept of harmony and unity with nature; it was expressed with soft and strong lines and modern and rustic colors, it brings a feeling of both dynamic and static, strange and familiar.”
1. Connecting and developing the relationship between people, architecture and nature.
2. Learn, preserve, promote the exploitation and promotion of local cultural heritage values: craft villages, festivals, languages, costumes,...
3. Promote cultural tourism to attract visitors to explore and learn about the locality.
4. The building reminds people of natural images familiar to local people, such as mountains and rivers.
5. Contributing to the remodeling of the city's architectural appearance; for promoting the development process into a level I urban area of Long Xuyen city - the nucleus of An Giang province while spontaneous and illegal construction that changes the appearance of the natural landscape is still continuing.

- Forming a geometric block by offsetting the shape of the land, placing the block along the land axis and backing towards Tran Quoc Toan street to create space for the construction landscape and the long side facing the view of the natural landscape (river and water). ); and with less surface exposed to the western sun.
- Idea from number 4 - 4 main ethnic groups are Kinh, Khmer, Cham and Chinese in the locality, and according to the main functional requirements of a cultural project, the main block of the project is divided into 4 areas; Based on the surrounding natural context, the spaces are arranged reasonably according to design standards and usage needs.
- Inspired by the curvy lines of local nature, softening the edges of the original block helps exploit the surrounding landscape and reduce the influence of western sunlight. Inspired by the local stilt house culture and the characteristics of cultural activities that mostly take place outdoors to connect with nature of the four ethnic groups in the locality, therefore, the building block is raised (the ground floor is almost open space) creating a connection between the building, the building landscape and the outside landscape.
- With curves, continue to create outdoor spaces on the building to help create more views of the overhead landscape for spaces such as libraries, restaurants,... and the shapes become more vivid. From the idea of a circle being an envelope and connection, creating a large curved staircase core in the center helps connect the spaces of the building and take advantage of more natural light.
- Inspired by the images of mountain ranges in That Son area and the boundary lines from the map excerpt of the Oc Eo - Thoai Son relic area; Along with functional zoning: outdoor space accounts for nearly 30% of the 4th floor area. From there, the roof form of the building is formed.
- Inspired by the long-familiar yellow and brown colors of the southwest region and local climate characteristics, copper roofs with a golden brown color were chosen for the roof of the building. Install glass roofs in buffer spaces: floor halls, corridors to get natural light.
- The ripples and sparkle of sunlight reflecting on the water; are beautiful images closely linked to the life of the river area. From those inspirations, the building's envelope was formed with wavy lines following the subdivision spaces. Copper materials and modern techniques are applied to help the metal module panels of the cover have both harmonious unity, bringing a rustic image close to nature and modern and friendly.
Main landscape of the project:
- Inspiration from local agricultural culture associated with fields and canal and river systems; From the images of fields and streams of water, a landscape area is formed that has both reminiscent images; There is both similarity and contrast with the building block, creating a more interesting overall layout.

Project name: Cultural Center of An Giang Province
School: University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City
Program: Regular university
Project year: 2023

Location: Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province
Land area: 2.89 hectares (28,928 m²)
Construction area: 10, 121 m²
Construction density: ~35%
Construction height: 4 floors
Building height (to the top of the roof): 27.5 m

- Ground floor construction area: 7,443 m²
- Construction area of 2nd floor: 9,450 m²
- Construction area of 3rd floor: 9,450 m²
- Construction area of 4th floor: 7,867 m²
- Roof construction area: 4,787 m²
- Basement area: 16,260 m²
- Floor area 01 - 04: average 8,888 m²
- Total construction floor area (including basement and roof): 55,257 m²
- Land use coefficient: 1.35 times

Total number of cars: 80 seats
Total number of two-wheeled vehicles: 397 motorbike seats & 10 bicycle seats
Supervised by: MSc Architect. HỒ ĐÌNH CHIÊU
Ceyda Cosar Turkey (2023-)

Feb 07, 2024
The project area is located in the most noisy and crowded area of Izmir. Access to this area, which is adjacent to the Bornova Bolge Metro Station and the upper bridge, is also very easy. The objective was to seamlessly integrate work, living, and public areas, focusing on the specific needs of the user group. The main theme of the project was vertical farming, prompting research into this advanced technology. The goal was to minimize urban noise and overcrowding by establishing vertical farming areas, where products are grown on vertically stacked shelves or layers using soilless farming techniques such as hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics. I took references from neighboring buildings and identified the entrances to the area.
The design concept arose with the question of how to reduce noise pollution caused by the adjacent highway and subway line. For this, I paid attention to the short width of my buildings and rotating the building masses according to sunlight in order to have the most sunlight in the vertical gardening spaces.
In this project, I aimed to use innovative hydroponic systems alongside traditional methods like greenhouse gardening, rooftop gardens, and community gardens for vertical farming. The title of my project, ElevaGreen, which means Rising Green, is actually derived from a green that rises in vertical farming.
Additionally, I considered providing farmers with affordable and sustainable housing options, believing it would be more suitable for their living needs while engaged in production. The modular living units offered in three different types; It offers versatile and functional spaces, including dedicated laboratory units for advanced innovation.The public spaces I envisioned included a bazaar for farmers to sell their products, a daycare, a library, and culinary workshops, all designed to meet the needs of the farming community.

Modular living units; the first unit is 36 m², the second unit is 54 m², and the third unit is 72 m² in area. The vertical farming area covers approximately 7,400 m², with greenhouses occupying 1,400 m² and underground parking covering 2,000 m². The Dynamic Bazaar area includes 4 culinary workshops of 70 m² each, 6 cafes of 50 m² each, a nursery of 200 m², and administrative and staff areas totaling 2,000 m².
The building elements used are steel construction and concrete cladding. Steel crossbars were preferred to increase the horizontal load-bearing capacity and reduce lateral displacement. The building elements of the modular housing are also steel construction, ensuring a stronger and more dynamic transition with the vertical farming buildings.
Architect: Ceyda Cosar
Supervisor: Isik Ulkun Neusser
Metin Sahin