By Nick Gilbert
On July 6, groundbreaking for the new Yale-NUS College campus was concluded in Singapore. The project was conceived by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects along with Forum Architects from Singapore.
Ground was broken in Singapore for the Yale-NUS College campus. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in collaboration with Forum Architects of Singapore, the campus will open in 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects)
A joint venture of the National University of Singapore and Yale University, the Yale-NUS College is the first college set up by Yale outside New Haven, Connecticut. The blueprint is set to attain the highest authentication by “Green Mark” which is Singapore’s yardstick for sustainable design.
Keeping the regional culture and the tradition of Yale in mind, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects conceived a blueprint comprising the latest architecture. Including three colleges with living spaces, the institution would cater to 1000 students.A senior representative of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects informed that in keeping with the educational objective of the institution, the architecture would be suited to fulfil the needs of today’s educational institution and at the same time with due respect to the tradition of the college. As a corollary, it would be conducive to future progress as well.
The campus ensconced in luxuriant green surroundings extends over 62,000 sq. m. and includes learning spaces, communal areas and courtyards interspersed with high rises of living spaces. Centric to the campus are administrative and academic structures, learning commons, auditoriums, sports hall and an open-air, communal space – the Agora.
Each of the residential colleges accommodates 330 students and teaching staff. The architecture of the courtyards and interior spaces differ for each block. The new blueprint was created on the basis of an earlier original plan by KieranTimberlake and Pfeiffer Partners Architects.