Singapore: New eco-friendly high-rise buildings in NTU campus

More residential halls will be made available for Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students by early 2016, once works on the newest eco-friendly high-rise buildings are completed.

The six blocks of these 13-storey buildings, located at North Hill on Nanyang Avenue, will be able to accommodate more than 1,850 students.

The buildings will have eateries, shops and common spaces, such as rooftop gardens with barbeque pits, sky lounges and study rooms.

The North Hill precinct will also be home to NTU’s largest fully-equipped gym, about five times the size of a four-room Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat, and a new multi-purpose hall for various sports and activities.

What set these residential halls apart from their counterparts on campus are the sustainable features incorporated into the buildings.

For example, louvres beside the doors in the rooms will offer good ventilation, while the use of “Low-E” glazed windows will enable students to avoid direct sunlight. Low-emissivity glass deflects heat and ultraviolet rays from the room.

The NTU’s new sports building will have a large multi-purpose hall with 1,000 retractable seats. The seating capacity — equivalent to 13 full-sized badminton courts once the seats are retracted — will be doubled the number of the current sports hall.

The sports hall will also have sustainable features, such as two-layer walls built with special metal coils with cold water flowing through them inside, enabling the wind that enters the hall to be cooled quickly through the process of convection.

It will also be the first sports hall in the region with a large-span timber roof structure that is over 70 metres long, and will help to provide heat insulation five times better than concrete. Students playing in the hall can thus carry on with their activities without wind disruptions, or rely on an air-conditioner to stay cool.

Associate Professor Kwok Kian Woon, NTU’s Associate Provost for Student Life, said: “As a residential campus, we focus on providing a holistic education for our students. Residential living and sports are important components of a vibrant campus life and provide opportunities for students to develop positive attributes such as teamwork, leadership, discipline, and confidence.“

Source: Today

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