Singapore Institute of Technology at Ngee Ann Polytechnic is conscious of its tropical locale, making use of innovative passive design strategies to ensure comfortable learning, while respecting the existing characteristics of the polytechnic it co-exists with.
The rectilinear block is broken up to create an H-shaped central atrium space to expand visual connectivity between floors. Social spaces are strategically distributed on the first storey to foster student interactions. For the interiors, a circuit board concept was adopted and expressed through the manipulation of material selection and spatial organisation to create a contemporary setting. Gem-like structures on the ground floor, referred to as PODs, function as multi-purpose rooms, intricately fabricated in glass and steel. These two elements help characterise the atrium space as a feature spot, cultivating chance interactions.
Teaching facilities along the atrium void are designed to take full advantage of daylight, achieving uniformly distributed and glare-free lighting conditions. The main circulation corridor spaces are naturally ventilated, with prevailing wind funnelled into the atrium, and the block is intentionally oriented to the north to minimise solar exposure. DP Architect’s assiduous diligence in creating a building prioritizing strong foundations of sustainability saw the building achieve the laudable certification of holding the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award, while still maintaining a keen focus on a consummate ideal user experience.
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