SST build new site to accomodate young entrepreneurs and create links with local community
The School of Science and Technology (SST), Singapore, is a premier institution that offers an innovative and vibrant learning experience for top students aged between 13-16. SST aims to nurture bright students to becoming successful entrepreneurs and captains of the industry. The project team’s challenge was to design a purpose built school for a specific student demographic whilst maintaining maximum flexibility of learning spaces that could easily be re-configured for a variety of educational settings to suit different needs, not only for the school, but also optimised for benefiting the community. The challenges were confined to a tight construction budget and construction timeline with a brief to accommodate Secondary one to four students in the area of science & technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The vibrant and playful building composition aims to enrich learning experiences of students through its curriculum, pedagogy, technology and infrastructure, simultaneously fulfilling one of the brief’s key elements; that is futuristic and iconic in aesthetic terms, which also aims to deliver as a successful marketing tool for a school that prepares students for the 21st Century workplace.
Situated in a flat tropical western suburban area of Singapore, the SST incorporates sustainable passive design principles. All classrooms are designed with deliberate orientation to optimise natural ventilation and building volumes designed to house different functions are elevated and spaced apart to optimise cross winds and allow effective ventilation. Innovative building technologies used in the design are in close collaboration with Singapore’s Building Construction Authority for achieving excellent building energy efficiency and innovative sustainable design. The design also aims to enhance the education process by the deliberate arrangement of semi-outdoor informal learning spaces along the carefully planned circulation space.