Green architecture – Singapore art school
We started our series of green architecture in one of our previous articles regarding the cacti resembling building in Qatar. This article is about the idea which takes over most of the modern architects, and that is placing green surfaces at the roofs of the buildings. This article is about the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This 5 story facility sweeps a wooded corner of the campus with an organic, vegetated form that blends landscape and structure, nature and high-tech.
The site is a wooded valley which was supposed to be left as a green lung in the master plan of the 200-hectare Nanyang Technological University campus. The designer-planners, however, carved a habitat from the constraints of the valley. Instead of imposing a building onto the landscape, they let the landscape play a critical role in the definition of the buildings shape. It allows the original greenery of the site to grow on the building.
The glass facade 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. The glass walls provide a visual exchange between indoors and the surrounding landscape or interior plaza as fluid spaces. The diffused natural daylight is abundant throughout studios and classrooms, thus making them productive spaces for young creators.
The 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. Besides that purpose, the roofs serve as open space, insulate the building, cool the surrounding air and harvest rainwater for the landscape irrigation.
This amazing design is surely going to be used more widely because it provides better and healthier surrounding. In this particular example it offers a brand new experience in many perspectives, fulfilling the intent that a school for art should inspire creativity, while solving the green surface deficiency.