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Singapore University of Technology and Design

Singapore University of Technology and Design


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Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

UNStudio as Architects

Designed by UNStudio and DP Architects, the academic campus for the Singapore University of Technology and Design reflects an in-depth understanding of the changing requirements of learning institutions today. Connectivity, collaboration, co-creation, innovation and sociality are at the basis of UNStudio’s design thinking on New Campuses. SUTD - a collaborative social fabric The new academic campus for the SUTD islocated on a site of approx. 83,000m2andis close to both Changi airport - Singapore’s principal airport - and the Changi Business Park.The SUTD is Singapore’s fourth public university.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design offers four key academic pillars: Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) and Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD). The SUTD is a driver of technological innovation and economic growth, with the new academic campus acting as both a catalyst and a conveyor for advancement by bringing together people, ideas and innovation. Through collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a further partnership with Zhejiang University, the SUTD combines the best practices and values of the East and the West.

The new academic campus directly reflects SUTD’s curriculum, using the creative enterprise of the school to facilitate a cross-disciplinary interface: interaction is established between the professional world, the campus, and the community at large. The design for the academic campus offers an opportunity to embrace innovation and creativity through a non-linear connective relationship between students, faculty, professionals and the spaces they interact with.

Ben van Berkel: “The design for the SUTD consciously avoids over-articulation and instead focusses on infrastructural qualities, on connectivity and the creation of an open, transparent and light facility that responds to the requirements of the contemporary campus. In this way the architecture of the SUTD does not attempt to overwhelm the students with a singular vision, it instead enables them to develop their own architectural language for the future.”

The new SUTD academic campus will facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction among all four pillars of academia which is interlaced with the Humanities, Arts and Social Science curriculum and research. 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.

UNStudio proposed a flexible space for exhibitions, events and interaction at the central node: 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 spatial configuration of the academic campus generates a seamless network of education, a 24/7 campus which enhances direct interaction through both proximity and transparency.

Ben van Berkel: “From the exterior the SUTD academic buildings look like somewhat dense, separate blocks, but they are in fact experienced in a completely connected and open way. By introducing diagonal and framed view corridors, vertical and horizontal connections and covered walkways and by tapering the elevations of the buildings, openness is created that means the buildings are experienced as a connected whole. Traditional divisions between rooms and corridors are also dissolved, resulting in flexible spaces and encouraging movement throughout the buildings.”

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 studiesnatural 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 heavyrain showers.

The overall design forms a response to the natural landscape of Singapore, both through colourapplication and through the incorporation of facade planters, green roof terraces and sky gardens and numerous green pockets planted with native trees and flowering plants.

Phasing The SUTD project is divided into phases: phase 1 - which is now complete - incorporates buildings 1 and 2 and parts of buildings 5 and 3.

UNSTUDIO WORK FIELD: New Campus- collaborative social fabricshaped by an activating, adaptive, transparent and connective environment UNStudio’s recently establishedNew Campus work field responds to expanding definitions of what constitutes a campus today. The changing requirements of both learning institutions and the workplace play a large role in the design of the New Campus.Clustering and separation are replaced bycross-disciplinaryand flexible organisations, as well as infrastructural connections that organise the buildings both physically in relation to one another and by way of view lines and visual connections. The New Campus is designed to encourage connectivity, collaboration, co-creation, innovation and sociality.The design for the academic campus of therecently completed Singapore University of Technology and Design exemplifies this approach.

SUTD – Singapore University of Technology & Design

Enea as Furniture

Designed by UNStudio and DP Architects, the campus for the Singapore University of Technology & Design reflects an indepth understanding of the changing requirements of learning institutions today. Several rounded form buildings with soft and energetic colours comprises the SUTD. Thanks the used textures makes this space a perfect atmosphere in which study is as well special and attractive. Two of these special spaces are the library, which has been equipped with the ENEA Lottus Wood chairs with white polypropylene shell and the seat upholstered in light brown or in turquoise. And the Cafeteria, equipped with white Lottus chairs.


DP Architects as Architects

After nearly five years since the design was conceived, the new East Coast campus for Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), has finally opened. This project was designed by UNStudio and DP Architects. They were the architects for Phase 1 of the academic buildings for SUTD’s most recent campus.

SUTD, Singapore’s latest public funded university, is established in collaboration with MIT and offers a unique multi-disciplinary education, focusing on Architecture and Sustainable Design, Engineering Product Development, Engineering Systems and Design, and Information Systems Technology and Design. DP Architects and UNStudio’s design scheme reflects SUTD’s new pedagogic model of inter-disciplinary and collaborative learning. The academic campus design offers an opportunity to embrace innovation and creativity through a non-linear connective relationship between students, faculty, professionals and the spaces they interact with.

“We believe that interaction is the key to a progressive educational model,” said Jeremy Tan, Director, DP Architects. “The campus enables open and inclusive interaction between students and faculty members from the four academic pillars, through meetings at the various collaborative spaces, such as the Campus Centre. To foster innovation, the campus needs to allow for flexible solutions to ever-changing needs, which is why meeting spaces, classrooms and laboratories can adapt to different arrangements, addressing the evolving requirements of the university as the versatile curriculum develops.”

The institution’s academic facilities are connected through a seamless network of organised spaces and paths. Faculties within the SUTD campus are not housed within individual buildings, but distributed and overlapped through each block of the site. Classrooms, laboratories and meeting rooms are spread over the various connecting blocks. These help to amplify moments of interaction between disciplines. With boundaries blurred, the campus architecture becomes an incubator for communication, creativity and innovation.

To support the university’s focus on sustainable design and to ensure a comfortable learning environment, environmental sustainability was built into the design for the SUTD academic campus, particularly through passive building design. Building geometries carve a wind corridor for ideal wind flow through the outdoor gathering spaces such as internal courtyards. Tree shaded walkways also serve as the external circulation route around SUTD to encourage a walkable, low carbon campus. Landscape design, with low water consuming native landscape species, weave through the external areas into the building fabric through pockets of planters along corridors and on the sky gardens and green roofs, reducing the urban heat island effect in the overall campus. Building orientation, inter-block shading as well as shading by corridors kept the building space cooling energy requirements low, while solar analysis and daylighting simulation tools were employed to achieve the ideal balance between daylighting qualities and shade to minimise heat gain from the windows. These translated into the design for effective shading devices and glass performance.

DP Architects is the architect of many educational institutions in Singapore, including the multiple-award winning Republic Polytechnic, Institute of Technical Education College West and National University of Singapore’s University Town.

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