Nanyang Technological University School – Project of the Week 7/28/14

Located on the southwestern outskirts of Singapore on the 200-hectare Yunnan Garden campus, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has earned itself a reputation as one of the leading science, technology and research universities in the world. The iconic 215,000-square-foot School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) is the island nation’s first professional art school, and the refurbished ADM Gallery is a unique, high-tech creative space that hosts exciting contemporary art exhibitions by artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia, and beyond.

Designed by CPG Consultants, the ADM varies from 2-5 stories and the key feature of the building design is the green roof that slopes almost at a 45-degree angle. Formed by two sloping, tapering arcs that interlock with a third, smaller arc, the roof of the ADM was cast in heavily ribbed, reinforced concrete. The sunken, almond shaped courtyard is formed by the space in between the building’s two main arms and is beautifully reflected from the interior high performance, double glazed glass curtain wall facades. Accentuated by fountains and a “floating” performance platform, a reflecting pond adds to the communal ambiance while helping to cool the center space. The roof turf consists of a combination of two grasses, Zoysia matrella and Ophiopogon, irrigated via a rainwater collection system with rain sensors. The curving roofs are accessible by stairs along the edges, although only one of the six portions of green roof is best for seating due to lower slopes. In 2011 NTU received the Green Mark Platinum Award from the Singapore Building and Construction Authority for the eco-friendly building.

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