layout of the corridors not only breaks the monotonous nature of the ‘double loaded corridor” but also creates the all-important informal, customisable discussion areas where learning and exchange of ideas continue outside the confines of the classroom. These areas are equipped with network connections and provided with ample writable walls and study benches.
Common spaces such as corridors and atriums, making up close to 40% of the total floor area, are naturally-ventilated as part of a sustainable design. Sky terraces located at 3rd, 4th and 5th levels not only bring welcome greenery relief to the building’s occupants but also help to reduce thermal heat transfer.
The building is situated at the rear of the campus with its longest facade facing Bedok Reservoir. If maximised, the 90m long façade would completely block the reservoir views and wind to the campus buildings located directly behind SIT. Massive ‘view cone’ openings in the main façade allowed views and light through the building but also cleverly ensured that most SIT facilities face the reservoir to take advantage of the scenic location. This is apparent on plan resulting in the splay form of the finger blocks at the rear skewed towards the best views.
Passive displacement ventilation is provided for all project rooms; a strategy where conditioned outdoor air is supplied at floor level and extracted above the occupied zone in a convection flow leading to greater occupant comfort. The building has won a Greenmark Platinum Award at the BCA Awards.
ClientSingapore Institute of Technology
Gross Floor Area (mq)11670
ArchitectsForum Architects Pte Ltd
Design teamTan Kok Hiang, Ho Sweet Woon, Shaun Phua, Tony Wijaya
Main ContractorV3 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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