Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has unveiled Singapore’s latest architectural icon, which will be open for use by students from the new academic year this August 2015.
An advanced educational hub by top UK designer Thomas Heatherwick, the man behind the London Olympic Cauldron, it will support NTU’s ambitions in pushing the frontiers of innovation in learning and sustainable building design.
Founder and Principal Thomas Heatherwick, Heatherwick Studio says, “Heatherwick Studio’s first major new building in Asia has offered us an extraordinary opportunity to rethink the traditional university building. In this information age, the most important commodity on a campus is social space to meet and learn from each other. The learning hub is a collection of towers surrounding a central space that brings everyone together, interspersed with nooks, balconies and gardens for informal collaborative learning. We are honoured to have had the chance to work with NTU, a forward-thinking and ambitious academic institution to realise such an unusual project.”
As part of Heatherwick’s design, the walls of the inner corridor and staircases are embedded with 700 specially commissioned drawings from illustrator Sara Fanelli which are cast into the concrete. Designed to be ambiguous thought triggers to spark students’ imagination, the drawings take reference from diverse disciplines, ranging from science and technology to art and literature.