School of art brings a new slant to the rooftop garden
June 9, 2011
Architectural firm CPG Consultants has fulfilled its "green" brief by incorporating a grassed rooftop into the flowing lines of the 5-storey School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
The 18,000 sqm building maintains the fluidity of the surrounding valley from the entrance to the main foyer and up into the external turfed roofs. Featured internal glass walls serve to enhance this visual connectivity with the lush surrounding, whilst also allowing light to flood through the classrooms.
Aside from its impressive visual impact, the grassed rooftop also serves as a type of insulator, lowering the roof temperature, important for this hot tropical climate. At night, the building is lit up to allow works of art from within the building to be visible from the outside.