CPG is working in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio on an exciting new project at the NTU. The new Learning Hub broke ground on 12 October 2012, and is one of 14 new physical developments that are being built at NTU within the next three years, under the University’s Campus Master Plan that will transform the NTU campus into a “univer-city”.
The new Learning Hub stems from a simple idea: that people learn best from one another. By bringing students together in a university environment, they can collaborate to develop their thoughts further and faster than would be possible alone.
With interaction as its core function, the building is designed to encourage connections, with a generous circulation space and atrium at the focus of activity. State-of-the-art tutorial rooms of various sizes are stacked into towers, which cluster together and look out into this central space. In turn, the tutorial rooms enliven the interior by displaying the many activities taking place within. From the outside, the different rooms that make up the Hub are expressed strongly in its curving form.
The building is open to students both for scheduled classes and for informal use, and as such is accessible 24 hours a day. In this spirit of openness, the building has generous entrances on all sides allowing students to approach it with ease from any direction.
Upper levels and rooftops are available to students for less formal activities, with gardens, shaded terraces, and pergolas. Generous planting at the roof reflects NTU’s status as a Garden Campus.
The Learning Hub is a new type of building, a focus for student activity with a design that expresses the high aspirations of the University.♦