Covering nearly 240 square metres in Tu Nang commune, Yen Chau district, the construction was hailed as “charming and deft and does what it says on the tin.”
The construction design of the preschool is a simple enough idea: a big distinctive roof that casts a particular shadow that moves around during the course of the day. So the shadow becomes an animated thing in its own right, not just an absence of sunlight.
“The curvy shapes might be said to have some harmony with the surrounding hills. A tree is hugged at the entrance. The corrugated metal construction is basic, with some sensible-looking devices to ensure ventilation,” the newspaper commented.
The construction was funded by charities and benefactors and designed by Kientruc O (O Architecture).
The preschool was put into operation in June, 2019 after more than one year of construction. It now provides services for nearly 70 H’mong ethnic children and teachers in Bo Mon, Cayton and Co Tong villages.
The Guardian’s list of the world's top 10 new architecture projects was assembled based on posts on several architecture websites including Dezeen, ArchDaily, Designboom, and Archinect or the pickier Domusweb, Archpaper, the Architectural Review and Wallpaper.