UNStudio completes the first phase of vast university masterplan in singapore
photography by hufton+crow

 

 

 

after five years of planning and construction, the east coast academic campus for the singapore university of technology and design (SUTD) has opened its doors. designed by UNStudio in collaboration with DP architects, the scheme seeks to reflect an understanding of the changing requirements of today’s educational institutions.

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the scheme reflects an understanding of the changing requirements of educational institutions

 

 

 

in order to drive technological innovation and economic growth, the campus directly reflects SUTD’s curriculum, using the creative enterprise of the school to facilitate a cross-disciplinary interface. consequently, the design offers an opportunity to embrace innovation and creativity through a non-linear relationship among students, faculty and professionals.

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the campus uses the creative enterprise of the school to facilitate a cross-disciplinary interface

 

 

 

following the masterplan, the scheme is designed through two main axes: the living and learning spines, which overlap to create a central point and bind together all corners of the campus. at the center of this node UNStudio proposed a flexible space for exhibitions, events and interaction, allowing the campus to naturally form a hub of vibrant activity. the area directly links the main programmatic anchors of the auditorium, the international design center, and the university library.

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the design offers an opportunity to embrace innovation through non-linear relationships

 

 

 

from an environmental perspective, the SUTD is a highly sustainable building, incorporating numerous passive design strategies designed to counteract the conditions caused by singapore’s tropical climate. based on extensive orientation and wind studies, natural ventilation principles are applied throughout the design, alongside cooling techniques, covered walkways, and louvered façade shading.

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natural vegetation permeates the campus

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the scheme is articulated around two main axes: the living and learning spines

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interiors are naturally illuminated throughout

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the project offers a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational spaces

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the campus’ staggered lecture hall

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external circulation routes connect the masterplan

 

 

project info:

 

architect: UNStudio
singapore-based architect: DP architects pte ltd, singapore
client: singapore university of technology and design
location: singapore
gross floor area (phase 1): 106,000 sqm
site area of academic zone: approx. 83,000 sqm
program: university campus
status: phase 1 completed 2015
photography: hufton+crow

 

UNStudio: ben van berkel, christian veddeler with ren yee, andreas bogenschütz and astrid piber, jordan trachtenberg, kirsten hollmann, jeffrey johnson, adi utama, paula ibarrondo, christina bolis, ka shin liu, steven reisinger, daniel buzalko, michael sims, chris masicampo, philipp meise, melissa lui, giorgia cannici, jacob sanders, richard teeling, nanang santoso, pieter meier, olivier yebra, teoman ayas, hajdin dragusha

 

supporting consultants:
project management: PM link pte ltd, singapore
civil & structure: parsons brinckerhoff pte, singapore
M&E and Q&S: CPG consultants pte ltd., singapore
landscape: surbana international consultants pte ltd., singapore
façade: arup singapore pte ltd
acoustics: acviron acoustics consultants pte ltd,
lighting design: lighting planners associates (s) pte ltd., singapore
contractor: kajima overseas asia pte ltd