I had passed this striking School of the Arts building and to me it instantly felt like a tree. The brown base and cavernous gaps felt like the gaps often found in fig trees, and the greenery in upper levels seemed much like a tree canopy. Nice architectural metaphor I thought,…though on more research I turn out to be completely wrong about it –
via e- architect- http://www.e-architect.co.uk/singapore/school_arts_singapore.htm
The primary design strategy for this inner city school creates two visually connected horizontal strata, a space for public communication below, and a space for safe, controlled interaction above. This strategy solves the twin objectives of porosity and communication with the public and wider arts community on the one hand, and a secure and safe learning environment on the other. The two parts were called the Backdrop and the Blank Canvas.
Well, I still think it looks like a tree.