Aedas completes eye-catching new performing arts venue is Singapore
The design for the Star Performing Arts Centre has opened up all elevations to encourage air movement through the volume. The design explores how the heated surfaces on the southern elevation and roof can induce wind flow from the shaded, northern face through covered outdoor spaces. This air movement can be mechanically assisted if necessary. Glazing on the southern is minimised and protected by sunshading. The majority of the main lobby glass is facing East but also protected with an external bridge acting as a large sun shade.
The civic and public components of the Star Performing Arts Centre were paramount and outwardly expressed. The south elevation is completely opened up presenting the inner workings of the facility as a 'visible section'. The mass of the theatre floating above is faceted, cut with glass and utilises titanium cladding. All of this helps dissolve and break down the mass, playing with a composition of positive and negative readings.
The building is intended to be an organic object which is open to public discovery. One can crawl under, move through, transverse around and climb onto the complex through a series of ramps, escalators, terraces and public gardens. All circulation, movement and internal forms are soft and sinuous as if the civic activities have polished the inside of the urbanely presented strong faceted exterior.