The International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) has built a reputation on re-inventing the way students learn and respond to each other and their physical environments. ISHCMC engaged international architecture and design firm OUT-2 Design to create an immersive, inspirational library that would challenge established notions of primary school education. The library would be built within the school’s existing physical structure without altering the exterior – a restriction OUT-2 Design viewed as an opportunity to illustrate the benefits of new building materials and furnishings, spatial relations, and concepts for organisation and display.

OUT-2 Design’s finished library is a vibrant, textured space that stretches out in sympathy and delight for the development of the young minds it serves. The design prioritises an imaginative, interactive landscape where books, artefacts, and student works are parts of a whole. This reverence for nature and tactile learning reminds students not to neglect the physical world of exploration for the technical – a noteworthy lesson in a school equipped with an advanced digital program.