International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC), Vietnam

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J&C Joel designed, manufactured and delivered four custom curved track and drape systems into the International School of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) is the first and most established International school in the city. The school, which opened in 1993, prides itself in being a culture of achievement, in an environment where students are energized, engaged and empowered to become active participants in their communities.

Each track and drape system was installed to act as a classroom divider, creating a flexible workspace for the students. With the support of a local contractor, J&C Joel was tasked with the initial design of the project- but this was not without its challenges.

One of the challenges J&C Joel had to overcome was the bespoke shape of the track system and lack of secure fixing points in the venue.  To resolve this issue, J&C Joel collaborated with the contractor of the project to design and manufacture custom made fixing supports and ensure the tracks were fixed to industry standards.

Each track system consisted of custom curved Triple E 2way Track and varied in lengths from 12m to 20m. The tracks were fixed to an overhead bar with hook clamps.

Hung from the track systems was semi-translucent two-tone fabric, consisting of white at the header and grey at the base of the drapes. The two colours were attached with a horizontal felled seam running the full length of each curtain, this created a tidy finish to the appearance of the drape from both sides.

Each drape was manufactured in proportion to the size of the track system, from which it was hung, with a drop of 3m. The drapes were bi-parting at the centre which meant there was only a small gap between them. Between each bi-parting side of the drape, chromakey green Canvas was attached using the same coloured Hook and Loop Fasteners. This tied in perfectly with the colour scheme of the venue and added a finishing touch.

Finally, the drapes were headed with eyelets and S hooks allowing them to be attached to the track and hand pulled open and closed, depending on the requirements of the space.