Singapore’s uni masterplan completes first phase

INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: After five years of planning and construction, east coast academic campus for the SUTD opens doors

Designed by UNStudio and DP Architects, the academic campus for the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) reflects an in-depth understanding of the changing requirements of learning institutions today.

The SUTD offers four key academic pillars: Architecture and Sustainable Design, Engineering Product Development , Engineering Systems and Design and Information Systems Technology and Design. The SUTD is a driver of technological innovation and economic growth, with the new campus bringing together people, ideas and innovation.

The new academic campus directly reflects SUTD’s curriculum, using the creative enterprise of the school to facilitate a cross-disciplinary interface. The design offers an opportunity to embrace innovation and creativity through a non-linear connective relationship between students, faculty and professionals.

Following the master plan, the academic campus is designed through two main axes: the living and learning spines, which overlap to create a central point and bind together all corners of the campus. At the centre of this node UNStudio proposed a flexible space for exhibitions, events and interaction: this Campus Centre forms the intellectual heart of the campus and directly links the main programmatic anchors of the Auditorium, the International Design Centre and the University Library.

The SUTD is a highly sustainable building, incorporating numerous passive design strategies designed to counteract the conditions caused by Singapore’s tropical climate. Based on extensive orientation and wind studies natural ventilation principles are applied throughout the design, alongside cooling techniques, covered walkways, louvred facade shading, open voids, extensive daylight to the interiors and protection from heavy rain showers.

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