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January 23, 2008

Amazing Green Roof Art School in Singapore

by Ali Kriscenski

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If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This 5 story facility sweeps a wooded corner of the campus with an organic, vegetated form that blends landscape and structure, nature and high-tech and symbolizes the creativity it houses.

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The glass façade provides a high performance building envelope that reduces solar gain and heat load while allowing the benefits of natural views and daylight into creative spaces. The glass walls provide a visual exchange between indoors and out allowing students and teachers to experience the building, the surrounding landscape and the interior plaza as fluid spaces. Diffused natural daylight is abundant throughout studios and classrooms, filtered through the surrounding foliage.

The curving green roofs distinguish the building from among the other structures on campus but the line between landscape and building is blurred. The roofs serve as informal gathering spaces challenging linear ideas and stirring perception. The roofs create open space, insulate the building, cool the surrounding air and harvest rainwater for landscaping irrigation. Planted grasses mix with native greenery to colonize the building and bond it to the setting.

Finishes are intentionally raw to act as a backdrop for the art, media and design projects. Concrete walls and columns, cement-sand screeded floors, timber railings and a neutral palette define the interior spaces which vary in shape and size. This amazing design seems to offer a new experience at every elevation or perspective fulfilling the intent that a school for art should inspire creativity.


+ CPG Consultants

+ Nanyang Technical University
+ Design Share Honor Award 2007

Via DesignFlute

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75 Responses to “Amazing Green Roof Art School in Singapore”

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Nathan Says:
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this url shows another awesome new school building in singapore.

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Nathan Says:
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http://picasaweb.google.com/nathanchoe/LasalleCollegeBugisCampusInSingapore

this url shows another awesome new school building in singapore

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J. Says:
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Absolutely glorious!!

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Simply Amazing!!!.I think this type of architecture and building design must be encouraged.

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Nick Simpson Says:
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I’m really impressed. This is beautiful. Full credit to the architects, one of the best pieces of architecture I’ve seen for a long time…

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Jeff Says:
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This looks really nice. It’s not new though (www.mecanoo.com search for TU Delft library) The library of the TU Delft in Delft (Netherlands) has the same roof, and glass walls all around. But the design of this building in Singapore is very special!

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Alexi Says:
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Great to see that Singapore is not only copying Manhattan-style skyscrapers in its CBDs but also gives way for such experimantal green developments.

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M2JL Says:
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Wow, I would love to be there to take it all in. It’s beautiful. Hopefully this is the vision of a not so distant future in North America

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mike Says:
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Beautiful, striking and green. I’d love to see something like it here in Kansas City and be LEED rated. Who wouldn’t want to work in a building like that!

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this is truly stunning! what i liked about the article is the ‘EXPERIENCE’ point. this is an example of architecture obviously worth of experiencing.

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Grace Says:
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This is absolutely stunning. I’m wondering what sort of object in nature or just in general inspired the shape of this building. I’d love to see more buildings designed this way!
Just visually dazzling, as well as functionally appropriate, with a forward looking design mentality

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No solar power? Otherwise very nice.

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Mikey Says:
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That would be pretty inspiring to study under. Too bad online courses are becoming more and more the norm.

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Josh Says:
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Beautiful design, however, judging from some photos, it doesn’t look as if the turf grass is doing so well… And I’m not convinced that just because this roof is green in the color of its grass, that it’s as ‘green’ as it could be, given the water requirements and maintenance associated with turf. Though, it does appear as if the roof space is intended to be used as gathering space… If so, then where are the people? (That is my main gripe with almost every architectural photograph I have ever seen) This building is, however, a positive design in its intentions for certain.

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Niko Says:
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I live in Singapore and yes..the roof is still green.

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bibo Says:
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…having been to Nanyang (like most of asia) they might have a lot of money and build nice buildings but the creativity of the students inside doesn’t quite match up. If yu live in a police state you learn like a police state.

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Gary Says:
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Josh:
In Singapore, people don’t gather under the sun, beautiful green rooftop or not. You’d cook to death.

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aw Says:
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What a great place to go !!!

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Kat Says:
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yes yes yes! truly inspired and inspirational.

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There are so many buildings I don’t like. This is not one of them. Lovely.

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Mikael Says:
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Very nice, very nice.. But if people is going to be walking around on this grass it will be worn out quite quickly if not taken care of, right, and that cost time and labor.

And also the comment about few people in architectural photographs, it sort of creates the feeling that the building is there to amaze and gaze upon, not actually be used by people. Just a thought.

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Gangrel Says:
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O kurwa

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Carla Says:
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Visually stunning.

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Richie Says:
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In cold weather countries… skiing off the roof would be great !

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Michael Says:
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Omg
That is awesome.

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Daniel Says:
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Very inspiring, though I must question how exactly the glass is performing. Is it a double envelope? Is there another form of beneficial glass facade that I am unaware of? If it is merely large panes of glass I am wondering if the roof is the only green aspect of this building.

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Kim Says:
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I’ll take one! in a smaller size with a vegetable garden on the roof, thanks. hope this is a prototype I wouldn’t get tired of seeing this repeated, but fit to each site.

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Josh Says:
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Gary:
LOL Thanks, good to know! :)

Mikael:
Right on. If we’re designing buildings and spaces FOR people, it’s always positive to see that those particular design intentions have been successful.

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Niklas Says:
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Beautiful!

Reminds me of the excellent design of many Hundertwasser houses:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Waldspirale_Hundertwasser.jpg

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Yup, and it looks as empty as the pictures show. I study there, so I know.
Furthernore, they left out one point : There’s lotsa of rubbish and leftovers on the grass roof.

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Kira Says:
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It would be really valuable to see some performance data on this project … if someone knows a source for this, please advise.

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mo jonn Says:
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I don’t like it because it is fake. I read that the grass is artificial.

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this is a stupid design. why don’t they just put solar thin film on it and also wind turbine to save energy?

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Jessie Says:
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I would love to be in that space- so inspiring, perfect for artists and designers alike.

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pite Says:
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it’s really amazing, that’s how all buildings should be built.

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Volkan Says:
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Great design!

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dt Says:
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That is absolutely fantastic and beautiful. I might have to go check out the design school there the next time I’m back.

Hmm, i’ll bring my jogging shoes and take a run up the roof rocky style!

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bit-head Says:
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Too bad Singapore is a single-party dictatorship. I have been to this country and it really is a beautiful place to stay. I did not see this lovely building however.

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Manny Blas Says:
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We’re working on a green roof, but I understand the main problem with it is waterproofing and leaking roof. If anyone can point me to latest waterproofing technology applied on green roofs, I would very much appreciate it.

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Peter Says:
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It doesn’t seem very environmentally sensetive at all. Rather than being a part of the natural landscape it appears to be competing with it. Making such obstructive formal gestures for the sole reason of creating a sloped “green” roof seems unnecessary, obtuse, and a wasted opportunity to do more with less. I would rather see a sensitivity to the context of the site in the photos, as well as a material pallet that consists as more than glazing and a roof that takes significantly more water to maintain than the building seems to collect.

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p.j. doran Says:
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this is for manny-
eco-structure magazine actually had a comprehensive article on the elements of a green roof structure. the issue is from ‘07, i will get the exact number and send it to you….
p.j. doran

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Haxwell Says:
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M2JL, man, why can’t that be how America is now?!

Thats why I’m votin’ for Obama.

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Movies Says:
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Very beautiful building! :)

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Great design all round - beautiful and functional.

Manny check out - http://www.greenroofs.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26&Itemid=40 for more info on “Green Roofs”

Ross Nevette
earthlandscapes.blogspot.com/

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BossDJ Says:
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I just imagine how fun it would be to take a riding mower to that sucker! Very cool concept. Let’s adapt it everywhere and return some green to this graying world.

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John Says:
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This is amazing, brings a whole new meaning to Go Green!

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Bret Says:
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Ok, so it’s a building with grass on the roof. Amazing? Absolutely glorious? Give me a freaking break!

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Erinator Says:
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Scrumtrelescent.

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rich Says:
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great stuff, seems as though space was retrofitted in to the ground, yet very free and ample. All you need is 9 holes and PRESTO, you have a par 3.

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Roberto Says:
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The shape is cool. Is it true that they use artificial grass?

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Amazing building. Almost seems to fit in the “7 eco-wonders you should see before you die” category. (http://ecoworldly.com/2007/12/30/7-eco-wonders-you-should-see-before-you-die/)

Thanks for the great article. =)

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Geordie Says:
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Oh good. Another suburban lawn.

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winn Says:
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i’m a student of the school. the grass is real and pretty well-maintained i’d say

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John Says:
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Grass roofs. I never thought of that. It looks pretty cool though.

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Ana Cabete Says:
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Ohh I wanna one like that! It´s mansing.

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These look fantastic, great shots & great website.

Regards, Resonate

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Massy Says:
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Amazing, I’m a Singaporean yet I just came to know about this here. Thanks! Singapore should have more of such buildings.

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Jim Says:
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Too bad the gas required to cut and maintain the grass defeats the purpose…..stupid

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matt Says:
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Great post - amazing building!

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milna Says:
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WAUUUUUU,Very beautiful bilding. woouuuuu.congratulation.

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Jac Says:
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That looks like my lampshade I designed back in Year 1…lol! My lecturer thought it looked great as an architectural piece. Must be a coincidence. It’s just a green roof though…maintenance must be hard work though. That’s the thing about Singapore, they dun follow through…i’m Singaporean.

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bdmchugh Says:
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to those who want to see this roof covered with solar panels - it really seems like one of the major concepts of this design is the ability to walk on the roof; whether it\’s efficient or not, smearing the roof with PVs would have the changed the project completely

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scarletteiii Says:
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Uh, won’t anyone falls down the roof? Ha ha. LOL.

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israaw Says:
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its very mazing ………..thanks for alll

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gormanw Says:
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That has got to be one of the coolest green roofs I have ever seen! Too bad Hong Kong and Shanghai can’t get in on the act.

I was in Shanghai in January and the air was awful. I was there on business and saw much of the city from other office buildings. There are tons of flat roofs and not a single one had even a shred of vegetation.

I want to know more about the topic, so I found stuff on this site, as well as stuff on http://www.cleanerairforcities.blogspot.com I wish they put more green roofs here in the states also. I know they are big in Chicago.

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jorge_dh360 Says:
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Architectonically soeaking it’s a great buiding, but a critical thing I find in this proyect is the court of glass covering all the proyect, and they don’t have a facade. its like… they make a great investigation on the proyect i can’t blame for that, but like i said, they guys forged about the facade, and make all the good work in landscaping.

the idea of green roof it’s genius,

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Marcus Says:
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Nice concept, looks stunning from the right angles but all those steps could cause problems for wheelchair users as I can’t see many ramps…

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Alkin Says:
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Perfect, but actually this building and artificial green is nothing without (real) trees which surrounds the building.

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