Award of Excellence: 11th International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia Pacific Region Awards for Landscape Architecture, 2014
Silver: Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards (SLAA), 2013 (CT College)
Merit: Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards (SLAA), 2013
NUS UNIVERSITY TOWN
National University of Singapore (NUS) is the oldest university in Singapore and NUS University Town (UT) is the extension of the original campus. On a former golf course, the undulating site topography of mature trees defined the UT project. Tree conservation was a major driving force, with significant mature specimen trees integrated into design layouts. NUS UT includes six different projects (with phase two by others). The landscape design is about space and place making while respecting the site. Sustainability measures were the preservation of indigenous existing greenery and reforestation with native species.
Of the six parcels, three are residence halls while the three remaining are mixed usage. The landscape facilitates project intent, providing graciously designed spaces that accentuate new pedagogic aspirations for intimate, integrated and memorable learning and campus experience. The result is a sequencing of porous and dynamic landscape spaces, resulting in memorable spaces for congregation, recreation or quiet contemplation.
The Town Green is the major open space supporting high levels of social interaction across campus, anchoring four parcels within UT. At the heart of the campus, and pluralistic in design, it generates and celebrates activities within and around, melting racial, cultural and nationalistic boundaries. The five massive preserved trees at its tip is a strong anchor for the vastness of the bowl-like green, creating a timeless sense of place.