Singapore: School of the Arts Building

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-

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.


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