Gallery: A swirling green roof tops the gorgeous Nanyang Technical Univ...

The roofs serve as informal gathering spaces challenging linear ideas and stirring perception.

The glass façade provides a high-performance building envelope that reduces solar gain and heat load while allowing the benefits of natural views and daylight into creative spaces. Glass walls provide a visual exchange between indoors and out allowing students and teachers to experience the building, the surrounding landscape and the interior plaza as fluid spaces. Diffused natural daylight is abundant throughout studios and classrooms, filtered through the surrounding foliage.

Curving green roofs distinguish the building from among the other structures on campus, but the line between landscape and building is blurred. The roofs serve as informal gathering spaces, challenging linear ideas and stirring perception. The roofs create open space, insulate the building, cool the surrounding air, and harvest rainwater for landscaping irrigation. Planted grasses mix with native greenery to colonize the building and bond it to the setting.

Finishes are intentionally raw to act as a backdrop for the art, media, and design projects. Concrete walls and columns, cement-sand screeded floors, timber railings, and a neutral palette define the interior spaces, which vary in shape and size. This amazing design seems to offer a new experience at every elevation or perspective, fulfilling the intent that a school for art should inspire creativity.

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  1. Mo Ri April 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    i want to know about building award?

  2. Mă Raru December 17, 2014 at 3:04 am

    hi, could you provide me with the plan of the building and some photos with classes and laboratories? i study design and i want to present this building for a project. thanks :)

  3. 1717928811somaye April 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    This is amazing!

  4. zwemangwint.2012 May 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Os+A’s Campus international school s Topped with a Honeycomb Green Roof

  5. naghme September 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    This is amazing!
    i need this building’s plans and site plan for analyzing this in my thesis. pleas help me with this.
    thank you all

  6. yosief August 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    so amazing building with wase people n governement.

  7. Deno May 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    The tension between the outer garden fabric and the inner office finish is controversial.

  8. ANITHA March 27, 2011 at 12:34 am

    This is the best green building I’ve ever seen. Its design and how is integrated from the site and the nature make it very special. finaly it’s very very nice!!!!!!!!

  9. Babulal Patel January 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Thanks alot for giving such type of amazing information.I like very much.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Babulal Patel

  10. munchkin November 7, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I’m off to Singapore 2 weeks from now. I’m very interested to see this building. Is this place open for public? I mean, can I go there to see and have pictures taken? Thanks.

  11. khadija jasim October 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    This is the best green building I’ve ever seen. Its design and how it is integrated from the site and the nature make it special. It different than other green buildings that consider the green issue but don’t look nice.

  12. khadija jasim October 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    This is the best green building I’ve ever seen. Its design and how is integrated from the site and the nature make it veery special. It is not like the other green buildings that cinsider the green issue but don’t look nice.

  13. khadija jasim October 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm


  14. Shilpa kataria September 23, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Green is my favourite colour … lol!!! But really building looks nice but technically i am uneducated to understand pros and cons for doing this invention

  15. Sheileagh September 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Amazing and unique!

  16. DEVENDRA September 16, 2010 at 3:10 am


  17. drawusadotcom September 14, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Brilliant!! I love this. How can I find out how to do this to my home in Dallas, Texas? Is anybody in Texas doing roofs like this? I have a flat roof, and, I would love to put a garden on my roof. We live in a town home, and have no yard.

  18. ola10konopka August 5, 2010 at 10:21 am

    wow this is an amazing building!

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    please submit me free no mone please?????????????????

  21. Umair javed May 24, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Hello? I am Umair Javad.i like this school very much this is a very great school.

  22. jermy January 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

    glass covering all the proyect, and they don’t have a facade. its like… they make a great investigation on the proyect i can’t blame for that, but like i said, they guys forged about the facade, and make all the good work in landscaping.

  23. indonesiana November 25, 2009 at 12:35 am

    oww great, this is like a new world. we can mix the design, teknologi, and agriculture. honestly, this is my firs time is see the great building like this. salute to you all!!!

  24. permaculture September 6, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Why don’t they do permaculture on the roof. The grass makes it looks like the grass is more clever than the Man. Grass wants to dominated like that, and love being cut (to prevent other things from growing). A food forest on the roof would take care of it self and have steadily growth in function. Can do light weight versions of permaculture too if structure live load is not sustainable.

  25. FATpunk June 5, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I stay in Singapore and has seen this building! Trust me when I say that it looks even better up close!

    If only they can have more buildings like this in the heart of the city! This building is situated waaaaaay in the suburbs where only students ever go! Imagine how many more people will enjoy buildings like these in the city. Wouldn’t hurt to have more green (technologically, architecturally or visually) buildings in the heart of the shooping and financial district, if you ask me!

  26. Alkin January 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Perfect, but actually this building and artificial green is nothing without (real) trees which surrounds the building.

  27. Marcus December 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Nice concept, looks stunning from the right angles but all those steps could cause problems for wheelchair users as I can’t see many ramps…

  28. jorge_dh360 November 21, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Architectonically soeaking it’s a great buiding, but a critical thing I find in this proyect is the court of glass covering all the proyect, and they don’t have a facade. its like… they make a great investigation on the proyect i can’t blame for that, but like i said, they guys forged about the facade, and make all the good work in landscaping.

    the idea of green roof it’s genius,

  29. gormanw July 2, 2008 at 10:33 am

    That has got to be one of the coolest green roofs I have ever seen! Too bad Hong Kong and Shanghai can’t get in on the act.

    I was in Shanghai in January and the air was awful. I was there on business and saw much of the city from other office buildings. There are tons of flat roofs and not a single one had even a shred of vegetation.

    I want to know more about the topic, so I found stuff on this site, as well as stuff on I wish they put more green roofs here in the states also. I know they are big in Chicago.

  30. israaw June 30, 2008 at 8:48 am

    its very mazing ………..thanks for alll

  31. scarletteiii June 30, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Uh, won’t anyone falls down the roof? Ha ha. LOL.

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  40. Jac March 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    That looks like my lampshade I designed back in Year 1…lol! My lecturer thought it looked great as an architectural piece. Must be a coincidence. It’s just a green roof though…maintenance must be hard work though. That’s the thing about Singapore, they dun follow through…i’m Singaporean.

  41. milna February 25, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    WAUUUUUU,Very beautiful bilding. woouuuuu.congratulation.

  42. matt February 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Great post – amazing building!

  43. Jim February 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Too bad the gas required to cut and maintain the grass defeats the purpose…..stupid

  44. Massy February 20, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Amazing, I’m a Singaporean yet I just came to know about this here. Thanks! Singapore should have more of such buildings.

  45. seocontest2008 February 20, 2008 at 7:27 am

    These look fantastic, great shots & great website.

    Regards, Resonate

  46. Ana Cabete February 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Ohh I wanna one like that! It´s mansing.

  47. John February 18, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Grass roofs. I never thought of that. It looks pretty cool though.

  48. winn February 15, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    i’m a student of the school. the grass is real and pretty well-maintained i’d say

  49. Geordie February 13, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Oh good. Another suburban lawn.

  50. Gavin Hudson February 12, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Amazing building. Almost seems to fit in the “7 eco-wonders you should see before you die” category. (

    Thanks for the great article. =)

  51. Roberto February 9, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    The shape is cool. Is it true that they use artificial grass?

  52. rich February 8, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    great stuff, seems as though space was retrofitted in to the ground, yet very free and ample. All you need is 9 holes and PRESTO, you have a par 3.

  53. Erinator February 8, 2008 at 12:28 pm


  54. Bret February 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Ok, so it’s a building with grass on the roof. Amazing? Absolutely glorious? Give me a freaking break!

  55. John February 7, 2008 at 2:34 am

    This is amazing, brings a whole new meaning to Go Green!

  56. BossDJ February 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I just imagine how fun it would be to take a riding mower to that sucker! Very cool concept. Let’s adapt it everywhere and return some green to this graying world.

  57. Ross Nevette February 4, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Great design all round – beautiful and functional.

    Manny check out – for more info on “Green Roofs”

    Ross Nevette

  58. Movies February 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Very beautiful building! :)

  59. Haxwell February 3, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    M2JL, man, why can’t that be how America is now?!

    Thats why I’m votin’ for Obama.

  60. p.j. doran February 3, 2008 at 12:58 am

    this is for manny-
    eco-structure magazine actually had a comprehensive article on the elements of a green roof structure. the issue is from ’07, i will get the exact number and send it to you….
    p.j. doran

  61. Peter January 31, 2008 at 1:17 am

    It doesn’t seem very environmentally sensetive at all. Rather than being a part of the natural landscape it appears to be competing with it. Making such obstructive formal gestures for the sole reason of creating a sloped “green” roof seems unnecessary, obtuse, and a wasted opportunity to do more with less. I would rather see a sensitivity to the context of the site in the photos, as well as a material pallet that consists as more than glazing and a roof that takes significantly more water to maintain than the building seems to collect.

  62. Manny Blas January 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    We’re working on a green roof, but I understand the main problem with it is waterproofing and leaking roof. If anyone can point me to latest waterproofing technology applied on green roofs, I would very much appreciate it.

  63. bit-head January 29, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Too bad Singapore is a single-party dictatorship. I have been to this country and it really is a beautiful place to stay. I did not see this lovely building however.

  64. dt January 28, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    That is absolutely fantastic and beautiful. I might have to go check out the design school there the next time I’m back.

    Hmm, i’ll bring my jogging shoes and take a run up the roof rocky style!

  65. Volkan January 28, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Great design!

  66. pite January 27, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    it’s really amazing, that’s how all buildings should be built.

  67. Jessie January 26, 2008 at 4:21 am

    I would love to be in that space- so inspiring, perfect for artists and designers alike.

  68. Bill George January 26, 2008 at 1:08 am

    this is a stupid design. why don’t they just put solar thin film on it and also wind turbine to save energy?

  69. mo jonn January 25, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I don’t like it because it is fake. I read that the grass is artificial.

  70. Kira January 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    It would be really valuable to see some performance data on this project … if someone knows a source for this, please advise.

  71. not so nice January 25, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Yup, and it looks as empty as the pictures show. I study there, so I know.
    Furthernore, they left out one point : There’s lotsa of rubbish and leftovers on the grass roof.

  72. Niklas January 25, 2008 at 4:45 am


    Reminds me of the excellent design of many Hundertwasser houses:

  73. Josh January 25, 2008 at 1:05 am

    LOL Thanks, good to know! :)

    Right on. If we’re designing buildings and spaces FOR people, it’s always positive to see that those particular design intentions have been successful.

  74. Kim January 24, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I’ll take one! in a smaller size with a vegetable garden on the roof, thanks. hope this is a prototype I wouldn’t get tired of seeing this repeated, but fit to each site.

  75. Daniel January 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Very inspiring, though I must question how exactly the glass is performing. Is it a double envelope? Is there another form of beneficial glass facade that I am unaware of? If it is merely large panes of glass I am wondering if the roof is the only green aspect of this building.

  76. Michael January 24, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    That is awesome.

  77. Richie January 24, 2008 at 11:30 am

    In cold weather countries… skiing off the roof would be great !

  78. Carla January 24, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Visually stunning.

  79. Gangrel January 24, 2008 at 9:56 am

    O kurwa

  80. Mikael January 24, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Very nice, very nice.. But if people is going to be walking around on this grass it will be worn out quite quickly if not taken care of, right, and that cost time and labor.

    And also the comment about few people in architectural photographs, it sort of creates the feeling that the building is there to amaze and gaze upon, not actually be used by people. Just a thought.

  81. The Worst of Perth January 24, 2008 at 6:27 am

    There are so many buildings I don’t like. This is not one of them. Lovely.

  82. Kat January 24, 2008 at 6:09 am

    yes yes yes! truly inspired and inspirational.

  83. aw January 24, 2008 at 5:18 am

    What a great place to go !!!

  84. Gary January 24, 2008 at 4:42 am

    In Singapore, people don’t gather under the sun, beautiful green rooftop or not. You’d cook to death.

  85. bibo January 24, 2008 at 4:25 am

    …having been to Nanyang (like most of asia) they might have a lot of money and build nice buildings but the creativity of the students inside doesn’t quite match up. If yu live in a police state you learn like a police state.

  86. Niko January 24, 2008 at 4:15 am

    I live in Singapore and yes..the roof is still green.

  87. Josh January 23, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Beautiful design, however, judging from some photos, it doesn’t look as if the turf grass is doing so well… And I’m not convinced that just because this roof is green in the color of its grass, that it’s as ‘green’ as it could be, given the water requirements and maintenance associated with turf. Though, it does appear as if the roof space is intended to be used as gathering space… If so, then where are the people? (That is my main gripe with almost every architectural photograph I have ever seen) This building is, however, a positive design in its intentions for certain.

  88. Mikey January 23, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    That would be pretty inspiring to study under. Too bad online courses are becoming more and more the norm.

  89. Fred Thompson January 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    No solar power? Otherwise very nice.

  90. Grace January 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    This is absolutely stunning. I’m wondering what sort of object in nature or just in general inspired the shape of this building. I’d love to see more buildings designed this way!
    Just visually dazzling, as well as functionally appropriate, with a forward looking design mentality

  91. DUDBLANKPATHETIC January 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    this is truly stunning! what i liked about the article is the ‘EXPERIENCE’ point. this is an example of architecture obviously worth of experiencing.

  92. mike January 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Beautiful, striking and green. I’d love to see something like it here in Kansas City and be LEED rated. Who wouldn’t want to work in a building like that!

  93. M2JL January 23, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Wow, I would love to be there to take it all in. It’s beautiful. Hopefully this is the vision of a not so distant future in North America

  94. Alexi January 23, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Great to see that Singapore is not only copying Manhattan-style skyscrapers in its CBDs but also gives way for such experimantal green developments.

  95. Jeff January 23, 2008 at 9:26 am

    This looks really nice. It’s not new though ( search for TU Delft library) The library of the TU Delft in Delft (Netherlands) has the same roof, and glass walls all around. But the design of this building in Singapore is very special!

  96. Nick Simpson January 23, 2008 at 9:24 am

    I’m really impressed. This is beautiful. Full credit to the architects, one of the best pieces of architecture I’ve seen for a long time…

  97. Architects India January 23, 2008 at 4:23 am

    Simply Amazing!!!.I think this type of architecture and building design must be encouraged.

  98. J. January 23, 2008 at 4:23 am

    Absolutely glorious!!

  99. Nathan January 23, 2008 at 3:16 am

    this url shows another awesome new school building in singapore

  100. Nathan January 23, 2008 at 3:13 am

    this url shows another awesome new school building in singapore.

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