Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex / LOOK Architects

Courtesy of LOOK Architects

LOOK Architects, in collaboration with Surbana International Consultants, has put forth the winning design proposal for Singapore University of Technology and Design’s (SUTD) new student housing and sports facilities, envisioning a spatial framework that embraces creative liberty and possibilities. Drawing a parallel to traditional Chinese painting (empty space being regarded as a spatial element sharing equal if not greater importance as solid figuration), voids are seen as spaces for imagination to thrive. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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This dimension of ‘energized voids’ in the design approach is manifested as a peek-a-boo trail of collaborative spaces along the common corridors of hostel blocks – an orchestration of multi-use spaces open for leisurely exchanges. On a macro scale, these perforations in the 12-storey hostel blocks are strategically located to allow for increased air movement through the building mass, a passive environmental control measure that promotes natural ventilation through housing units.

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Exhibiting an innovative housing morphology, the modularity of undergraduate, graduate and faculty units enables various room permutations to be accommodated within the hostel blocks, introducing flexibility and scalability to the spatial framework. Iterations of housing units are stringed together to form elongated linear blocks linked up by the winding ‘peek-a-boo trail’.

faculty building

A living-learning spine linking the academic, housing and sports components of the campus is effective in maintaining a low carbon footprint, by enabling seamless connectivity on foot without the need for shuttle buses plying the campus road network. Open spaces between buildings – across which the living-learning spine spans – are lushly landscaped, a welcome respite for faculty members and students hurtling through their daily hectic schedules. An expansive biological pond in the landscape serves as a basin collecting rainwater and surface water run-off for landscape irrigation.

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Behind the iconic form of the sports complex lies careful consideration for environmental sustainability, as demonstrated by the use of a double façade – the external faceted expanded mesh panels diffuse daylight passing through the glazed façade, enabling a high degree of visual porosity without the glare. Another design investigation into complexity arising from modularity, the faceted mesh envelop is composed from variations of a single base module. Bright, evenly illuminated interiors of the sports complex offer an inviting environment for enjoyment of recreational activities, while the visibility of this activity from the building exterior creates a unique character for the campus.

Architects: LOOK Architects Pte Ltd, in collaboration with Surbana International Consultants PteLtd
C&S Engineer: Parson Brinckerhoff Pte Ltd
M&E Engineer: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Client: Singapore University of Technology and Design
Site Area: 74,928 m²
Gross Floor Area: 74,928 m²
Status: Under Construction

Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex (1) Courtesy of LOOK Architects
Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex (2) student housing 01
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Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex (4) faculty building
Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex (5) model 01
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Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex (8) plan 01
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Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex (11) elevations 01
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Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex (13) housing concept diagram
Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex (14) conceptual diagram
Singapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex (15) collaborative space diagram