Dien Ban Disability Day Centre

"The Kianh Foundation Day Centre is the first of its kind in Central Vietnam to provide an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to the development needs of children with disability.”—The Kianh Foundation

PROJECT: Dien Ban Disability Day Centre
PARTNER: RMIT University, BURO Architects, Chamberlain Javens Architects, Allens Linklaters Lawyers, The Mulligan Project
FUNDER: RMIT University
CLIENT: Kianh Foundation
Children from Dien Ban in Central Vietnam benefit from a purpose-built centre that provides much-needed physiotherapy and education services.

The district of Dien Ban in Vietnam was heavily bombed and sprayed with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Today, the district has a chronic incidence of infant disability, which is compounded by a lack of support services for affected families. The Dien Ban Disability Day Centre was a project developed by the Kianh Foundation in 2008 to meet the urgent health, physiotherapy, and educational needs of these children. The centre was the first of its kind in Central Vietnam, and currently provides integrated services to 110 children from the area, whose opportunities in life would otherwise be extremely limited.

The project began as an innovative multidisciplinary studio run by Esther Charlesworth with design and construction students from RMIT University and RMIT International University Vietnam. Students worked on site with Australian architects, Büro.

Fantastic new photos showing the centre vibrantly in use were taken by photographer Jonathon Griggs in 2019.

“This project has delivered a tangible benefit to children with disability in Vietnam and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the international community and the Vietnamese authorities cooperate.”—Nick Keegan, Business Director of The Kianh Foundation

Year: 2008 – 2012

Status: Completed


RMIT University

Büro Architects

Chamberlain Javens Architects

Allens Linklaters Lawyers

The Mulligan Project