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SUTD - The Singapore University of Technology and Design
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UNStudio
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DESCRIPTION
 
SUTD - a collaborative social fabric
UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD SingaporeThe new academic campus for the SUTD is located on a site of approx. 83,000 m2 and is close to both Changi airport - Singapore’s principal airport - and the Changi Business Park. The SUTD is Singapore’s fourth public university.

UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD SingaporeThe Singapore University of Technology and Design offers four key academic pillars: Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) and Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD). The SUTD is a driver of technological innovation and economic growth, with the new academic campus acting as both a catalyst and a conveyor for advancement by bringing together people, ideas and innovation.

Through collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a further partnership with Zhejiang University, the SUTD combines the best practices and values of the East and the West.
Celebrating teaching and learning
UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD SingaporeThe new academic campus directly reflects SUTD’s curriculum, using the creative enterprise of the school to facilitate a cross-disciplinary interface: interaction is established between the professional world, the campus, and the community at large. The design for the academic campus offers an opportunity to embrace innovation and creativity through a non-linear connective relationship between students, faculty, professionals and the spaces they interact with.

UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD SingaporeBen van Berkel: “The design for the SUTD consciously avoids over-articulation and instead focusses on infrastructural qualities, on connectivity and the creation of an open, transparent and light facility that responds to the requirements of the contemporary campus. In this way the architecture of the SUTD does not attempt to overwhelm the students with a singular vision, it instead enables them to develop their own architectural language for the future.”
Sustainable learning
UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD SingaporeThe new SUTD academic campus will facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction among all four pillars of academia which is interlaced with the Humanities, Arts and Social Science curriculum and research. Following the master plan, the academic campus 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.

UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD SingaporeUNStudio proposed a flexible space for exhibitions, events and interaction at the central node: this Campus Centre forms the intellectual heart of the campus and directly links the main programmatic anchors of the Auditorium, the International Design Centre and the University Library.

The spatial configuration of the academic campus generates a seamless network of education, a 24/7 campus which enhances direct interaction through both proximity and transparency.

Ben van Berkel: “From the exterior the SUTD academic buildings look like somewhat dense, separate blocks, but they are in fact experienced in a completely connected and open way. By introducing diagonal and framed view corridors, vertical and horizontal connections and covered walkways and by tapering the elevations of the buildings, openness is created that means the buildings are experienced as a connected whole. Traditional divisions between rooms and corridors are also dissolved, resulting in flexible spaces and encouraging movement throughout the buildings.”
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Ben van Berkel, UnStudio, SUTD, Singapore University Technology Design
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD SingaporeThe 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, louvred facade shading, open voids, extensive daylight to the interiors and protection from heavy rain showers.

UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD SingaporeThe overall design forms a response to the natural landscape of Singapore, both through colour application and through the incorporation of facade planters, green roof terraces and sky gardens and numerous green pockets planted with native trees and flowering plants.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
Singapore
Town
Singapore
Address
8 Somapah Road
 
 
Website
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Universities, colleges

TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
New settlements
University campuses
Urban design and urban renovation
School and university centres and areas
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2010     project winner of limited competiton
Realisation
2011 - 2015
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ADDITIONS AND DIGRESSIONS
 
 
UNSTUDIO WORK FIELD
UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD SingaporeNew Campus- collaborative social fabric shaped by an activating, adaptive, transparent and connective environment


UNStudio’s recently established New Campus work field responds to expanding definitions of what constitutes a campus today. The changing requirements of both learning institutions and the workplace play a large role in the design of the New Campus. Clustering and separation are replaced by cross-disciplinary and flexible organisations, as well as infrastructural connections that organise the buildings both physically in relation to one another and by way of view lines and visual connections. The New Campus is designed to encourage connectivity, collaboration, co-creation, innovation and sociality. The design for the academic campus of the recently completed Singapore University of Technology and Design exemplifies this approach.
 
UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, SUTD, Singapore
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CLIENT
 
 
The Singapore University of Technology and Design
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site sq.m. 76,846

total sq.m. 213,000

phase I sq.m. 88,000
phase II sq.m. 125,000
Volume
total m³ 1,022,400

phase I m³ 422,400
phase II m³ 600,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
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STAFF
 
Associate designers
DP Architects
Design team
UNStudio
Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Astrid Piber
Christian Veddeler, Jordan Trachtenberg
Ren Horng Yee, Adi Utama, Jeff Johnson, Melissa Lui

DP Architects
Chan Sui Him, Teoh Hai Pin, Jeremy Tan, Seah Chee Huang, Wykeith Ng, Liew Kok Fong, Wang Ying, Yeong Weng Fai, Jaye Tan.
Quantity surveyor
KPK Quantity Surveyors (Singapore) Pte Ltd
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Phasing

The SUTD project is divided into phases: phase 1 - which is now complete - incorporates buildings 1 and 2 and parts of buildings 5 and 3.
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Hufton+Crow
Drawings © UNStudio
Text edited by UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio Ben van Berkel SUTD The Singapore University of Technology and Design



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