Yale-NUS College

Location: College Ave E

Country: Singapore

Client: National University of Singapore and Yale University

Architect: Forum Architects and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Services Provided: Civil, Structural and MEP Engineers

The campus of Yale-NUS College is designed to blend the cultures and traditions of Singapore and New Haven, and to build an academic village for living and learning.

Emphasising social learning among peers, the building was designed with communal areas for interaction. A few of these distinctive areas are dining commons, nested communities, signature courtyards and sky gardens. This allowed students, faculty and staff in each of the three residential colleges to experience the intimacy and character of a small school while enjoying the resources of a large university.

A highlight of this liberal arts college is the 350-seat multipurpose auditorium, designed with exceptional acoustic capabilities. Both structural and mechanical aspects were considered to achieve a high level of acoustic excellence, which involved designing in collaboration with an acoustics consultant, going with a ‘box-in-box’ structural approach and conceiving an intricate airflow system.