Singapore University of Technology and Design hasn't even been built yet, and won't officially open its doors for classes until 2012, but school officials and architects are already feverishly proposing ideas for its design. In fact, UNStudio was recently chosen from a shortlist of five firms to design the initial plot for the University's campus, which promises to be sustainably designed and feature expansive green roofs. Anticipated to become the fourth largest in university in Singapore, the new campus is also aiming to achieve a Platinum title, which is the highest BCA Green Mark rating available in Singapore.
The brand new university will be located conveniently between Singapore’s principal Changi airport and the Changi Business Park, and is being developed with the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The technical school will offer four key programs: Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) and Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD) – each formed with the goal of becoming a catalyst for technological advancement and economic growth.
UNStudio, in collaboration with Singapore-based DP Architects and Arup Singapore, designed the central campus facility that the rest of the university will eventually expand onto. The building, which is expected to be completed by 2015, is composed of a series of layers, courtyards, and meeting points. Two main axes, the learning and living spines, form a quadrant of buildings and a central plaza to serve as the heart of the new academic world.
The series of university buildings that form the heart of the campus will be covered in green roofs for additional outdoor space, and vegetated terraces and large shaded hallways and pathways will offer more areas for students to comfortably convene. Sustainable design features will also include proper site orientation, natural ventilation, passive solar design, and daylighting.
Green and sustainable design play a significant role in both of the buildings as well as the curriculum, and the eco-conscious efforts will be duly commended once the structure receives its Platinum Green Mark rating through Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority.