the podium breaks away from the monotony of the regular upper floor plate through the introduction of organic curves, creating visually interesting juxtaposition in building form. There is a covered triple storey atrium with light wells puncturing from the green roof above to bring natural light into the space below, where the green roof itself serves as an open public space. The three layers of storeys have a free form shape, irregularly overlapping each other around the atrium giving rise to public spaces that cater to groups of different sizes. The greenery interspersed along the edges of the podium also help to increase the variety of public spaces offered to students, which ranges from small student gatherings to flexible exhibition spaces.
The series of public spaces created is concentrated on the ground and third storey pedestrian concourse level to welcome all of its from the surrounding blocks and is able to reflect the nature of East Wing as a hub for social activities.
Sustainable Features - Greenmark Platinum Accreditation
A conscious effort has been made to keep building users aware of the sustainable features of the building while making it look aesthetically pleasing. The light wells over the atrium have a sculptural elliptical extension above the green roof and can be seen from the classrooms adjacent to the roof.
East Wing has also implemented numerous sustainable design strategies, earning itself BCA’s Greenmark Platinum accreditation. Another challenge faced was providing maintenance friendliness and reductions in operational cost, while offering enhanced user comfort. This was achieved through the careful planning of spaces that maximised and harnessed effective day lighting, resulting in a healthy environment for the end users to learn in.
The design and planning of East Wing has enabled the union of formal educational spatial requirements with the fluid nature of socially interactive spaces in a sustainable environment.
Gross Floor Area (mq)34379
ArchitectsForum Architects Pte Ltd
Design teamTan Kok Hiang, Ho Sweet Woon, Beverly Aquino, Jhenemher Relacion, Reggie Oquendo
Main ContractorKoon Seng Heng Construction Pte Ltd
ConsultantsRSP Architects Planners & Engineers (C&S), T.Y.Lin International Pte Ltd (M&E), Faithful & Gould (QS), Arcadis Project Management Pte Ltd (PCM)
Photo CreditsForum Architects Pte Ltd
Curriculum studio / partecipanteForum Architects is an architectural practice in Singapore, founded by Tan Kok Hiang and Ho Sweet Woon in 1994. They are committed to sensible design and quality detailing for bold but appropriate building solutions. Their project, Assyafaah Mosque was exhibited in the 2004 Venice Biennale and won at the 2004 Architecture+ Award in Dubai and the Chicago Anthenaeum Award in 2008. Their project, Maxwell Chambers won the Chicago Anthenaeum Award in 2010, and Yale-NUS College in 2016. Other award winning projects are Henderson Community Club(1999), Wilby House(2000), Boon Tat Street Offices(2001), Bukit Timah NUS Law Faculty(2007). The Singapore Embassy in Philippines won an Honorary Mention in the Singapore’s President’s Design Award in 2008, and Mr Tan Kok Hiang won the Designer of the Year in the Singapore's President's Design Award in 2014. Regional and international articles have been published on their works including three projects in the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century Architecture.
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