Building The City
Singapore's skyline is brimming with architectural gems. In addition to projects by local architecture firms, acclaimed international architects have also made their mark with ground-breaking projects that reimagine and redefine architecture.
Once a year, professionals from the architecture industry gather to celebrate architecture and the built environment at Archifest (Singapore Architectural Festival). The line-up for Archifest boasts more than 50 events, including trade exhibition, ArchXpo, which serves as an opportunity for industry professionals to mingle and learn from the best in the industry. The popular Architours brings participants on a walking tour to explore some of Singapore's best architecture, including those by acclaimed international names. Here is a round-up of the most prominent projects that were featured in the most recent edition of Archifest.
Learning Hub by Thomas Heatherwick
Reimagining the traditional educational space, the Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University breaks away from the typical rows of corridors linking box-like classrooms.
Instead, London-based Heatherwick Studio has designed the Learning Hub to be a fluid social space that brings people together, facilitating spontaneous learning and exchange of ideas.
The collection of 12 handmade towers holds a total of 56 oval-shaped classrooms. The non-hierarchal oval shape does away with the conventional and is meant to encourage collaborative learning amongst the students, with tutors as facilitators. Classrooms are interspersed with nooks, balconies and gardens for informal dialogue, where the seeds of innovation are sparked and where future business partners meet.