The NTU Learning Hub in Singapore looks so organic, you would never guess it’s a space for technology!
The unusual building, which looks like something from the Flintstones, includes many smart features to promote collaboration while also achieving the highest environmental standards.
The NTU or Nanyang Technological University hired Heatherwick Studios for the design and to promote their goal to be a unique place where students and professors from different disciplines could come together.
The room design was created by the NTU to promote small group teaching. Professors can easily reconfigure the rooms to better engage with students, and students can more easily collaborate with one another.
The overall design features terraces, open spaces, and gardens where students and professors can gather and reflect.
Concrete was used in order to meet the rigorous environmental achievements as well as building construction standards. Over 700 drawings ranging from science to literature were 3D embedded in the concrete to create a hand-made feel. The open atrium allows for natural ventilation, essential considering the average temperature in Singapore is 77–87°C.
In the years to come, it will be interesting to see what great minds are nurtured in this innovative space.