thomas heatherwick to design nanyang university learning hub
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jul 16, 2013
thomas heatherwick to design nanyang university learning hub


thomas heatherwick to design nanyang university learning hub
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the government of singapore has just recognized the winning thomas heatherwick  design for the learning hub of nanyang technological university (NTUC) for employing breakthrough architectonic sustainability measures. while the learning center is component of an over half a billion USD redevelopment scheme by the school, the building is the first of fourteen campus updates in 20 years. the recently corporatized institute remains singapore’s largest continuing education provider, in particular with technology programs and certification courses. the forthcoming center reflects the need for connectivity in the tertiary educational experience what with the democratization of the internet and computers.

 

 

 


the layered cylindrical towers create parity between professors and students
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the design resists the idea that university buildings need be compositions of artificially lit, endless corridors with a distinct cylindrical shapes that maximize daylight and encourages the incidental meeting of fellow entrepreneurs, scientists or colleagues. the 55 tutorial rooms are devoid of traditional hallways and organized around a central space that links the towers together. students can enter the corner-free spaces from 360 degrees and engage with colleagues and professors on select gardens on certain levels. the upper floors and green rooftops enjoy views of boon lay, jurong island and the singapore strait, all picturesque synthetic and natural landscapes. award-winning measures include the use of hydrophilic polymers in the planting schema, a material process that eliminates the need for an irrigation system; water efficient urinals and basins; ubiquitous T5 lighting; vertical greenery and the use of ground granulated blast furnace slag, a recycled concrete aggregate. the design will reportedly be ready for use 2014.

 

 

 


multiple levels will often contain gardens 
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