Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects have designed one of the most sustainable buildings for the Yale NUS College in Singapore to mark the next stage in the development of the institution. The 1000-student complex flaunts a variety of eco friendly features to achieve the highest rating under the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark.
The building accommodates sustainable residences and educational facilities, a library and a multimedia hub. The building has been designed to blend with the traditions and cultures of Southeast Asia and features a central campus surrounded by other academic buildings and student and faculty residences. The site also features a multitude of science labs, a sports center and a performance complex along with the library.
The residential buildings are built as vertical communities where students and faculty members will live in close quarters. Each of the residential block features its own sky garden to add to the green atmosphere while also regulating the heat-island effect. The center of the campus is built as a grassy expanse with heritage trees growing within. The building will also feature an eco-pond that will capture and purify rainwater.
Rainwater will be harnessed through the roof of the main entrance and will then be purified in the eco-pond beneath. Apart from ample green spaces, the building will also allow maximized use of maximized natural ventilation and lighting that will help conserve a lot of energy.