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Heatherwick’s Singapore Uni Learning Hub opens

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[FIRST LOOK] Heatherwick Studio’s Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has opened its doors today (10 March)

The 14,000m2 undulating building features twelve towers which taper inwards at the base and are arranged around a central atrium.

Within each of the towers are round-shaped tutorial rooms which overlook the atrium space and are interspersed with open spaces and garden terraces.

Both the Learning Hub’s façade and structure have been cast from concrete giving the building the appearance it has been ‘handmade from wet clay’.  

The eight-storey scheme is the practices first major building in Asia.

Studio founder Thomas Heatherwick, said: ‘Heatherwick Studio’s first major new building in Asia has offered us an extraordinary opportunity to rethink the traditional university building.

‘In the information age the most important commodity on a campus is social space to meet and bump into and learn from each other. The Learning Hub is a collection of handmade concrete 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 this forward-thinking and ambitious academic institution to realise such an unusual project.’

The Olympic Cauldron-designer won the job, which forms part of the £360 million university redevelopment , through competition in July 2013 (AJ 18.07.13).

Heatherwick Singapore Learning Hub

Project data

Location Singapore
Type of project higher education
Completion March 2015
Site area 2,000m2
Gross floor area 14,000m2
Client Nanyang Technological University
Lead architect CPG Consultants
Design consultant Heatherwick Studio
Main contractor Newcon Builders
Sustainability consultant CPG Consultants
M&E engineer Bescon Consulting Engineers
Civil & structural engineer TYLin International

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