The swirling green roof that tops Nanyang Technological University's School of Art, Design and Media has long been an Inhabitat favorite, and last month we got to fulfill one of our fantasies and walk atop its grassy surface ourselves! The one-of-a-kind structure, which is located in western Singapore, was designed by CPG Consultants to be a "non-building," and looks more like a small mountain from many angles than a school. Click through our gallery to see more of our photos of this unique building and read on to learn about its other green features.
We visited NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore‘s Buildings and Construction Authority. We’d always known that the 5-story building had a spectacular green roof, but on our visit, we also learned that it is Green Mark Platinum-certified with a host of energy-saving features. According to Green Mark, the mixed-use space boasts an estimated annual energy savings of 119,134 kWh as well as an estimated water savings of 1,171 m3 per year. We also snooped around inside of the building a bit and noticed that the common areas were only minimally air-conditioned and the bathrooms were cooled by fan. A rainwater collection system is also in place.
Inside, the daylit space offers a multitude of uses including teachers’ offices, a lecture hall, a library, classrooms and study areas. The front of the building also showcases a gallery where students can display their work, and the school’s swirling design leaves a central “valley” open as a serene outdoor space to get away from the books for a quick break. Adventurous students and professors can also climb the building’s swooping green roof via a staircase from ground level for lovely views of the NTU campus.
Photos ©Yuka Yoneda