First ever Singapore Green Mark Platinum award awarded to innovative green campus
Republic Polytechnic is designed as an environmentally sustainable facility that encourages interaction and holistic development through sensitive planning and the innovative use of flexible and adaptable layouts.
The campus is oriented along a North-South and East-West axis for optimal daylight and thermal efficiency. The first project to be awarded the Singapore Green Mark Platinum award, the campus has a thermal energy storage system and pneumatic waste conveyance system, amongst other green features.
Simply organized in two rings, the central nucleus consists of eleven identical 8- to 9-storey Learning Pods and an administrative hub. Five ancillary satellites, including the sports complex and the Cultural Centre, form an outer ring. Designed for maximum flexibility, the Learning Pods were designed on a 40m x 40m module, with a generous floor to floor height of 4.5m.
The nucleus and satellites are visually and physically linked by two elliptical decks:
the ground-level Agora that houses communal facilities such as the library, and the distinctive Lawn above, which serves as the main organizational and orientation element for students, staff and visitors.
The Agora, reminiscent of the marketplace in ancient Greece where goods and ideas were exchanged freely, functions as an informal democratic space for cross-disciplinary interaction amongst students, extending opportunities for learning beyond the classroom walls.