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WOHA’s walk in the woods for a Singaporean campus

Georgina Johnston
21 Feb 2020

Design capitalises on green site asset by integrating its learning environments with biophilic indoor-outdoor tropical spaces

The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Plot 1 campus is uniquely endowed with an existing secondary forest. To forge an imageable “Campus-in-a-Park” identity, the academic blocks are organised as a chain of buildings encompassing the central forest courtyard that is transformed into an accessible Community Park. This serves as the heart of SIT, contributing to a strong sense of place that is characterised by memorable nodes for interaction, recreation and rejuvenation. 

The design leverages on the site’s undulating terrain by creating two public ground levels that segregate vehicles from pedestrians, creating a people friendly and car  lite campus. 

As part of the district’s Collaboration Loop, Canopy Walks integrated with informal group study areas are designed to project over existing treetops. These define imageable gateways to the Community Park while providing mid-level sheltered connectivity between blocks that are activated with delightful social interaction spaces. They are expressed with broad overhangs reminiscent of vernacular rubber factories in relation to the site’s history as a former rubber plantation. Within the upper academic floors, visual connectivity towards nature is maximised through building openings and a variety of modular windows that are optimised for views and shade according to building orientation. 

On the rooftops, PhotoVoltaic panels are arrayed as a banner of sustainability over the entire campus. These serve as a key renewable energy source that powers SIT’s Multi-Energy Micro Grid located within Plot 1. Productivity features include precast facades and structural systems for the academic blocks and structural steel for the long span bridges. 

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