Tutor: Nirmal Kishnani

Chan Jun Jack, Eng Cheng Hui, Koh Yan Ling Adeline, Koo Edria Rense, Low Yong Woon Isaiah, Md Shaziran B Md Shahabdeen, Phyllis Chan Hui Yi, Seow Tzi Yue, Sng Poh Liang, Tan Lee Hua, Tan Shixin Benita, Muneera Binte Mohammad Shah

The assignment examined the practical and theoretical gaps between urban and architectural thought processes. Groups of four students conceptualized a masterplan for a business park, each on a site in a different part of the world, each seeking different sustainability outcomes and formulating a strategic, context-appropriate, urban response.

Of the three emerging masterplans, one was selected for the next stage in which students were individually assigned a plot for an office building. In the ensuing architectural phase, constraints posed by the masterplan became apparent; ‘plot-owners’ challenged assumptions of the precinct plan and began to negotiate spaces between buildings.

A carbon calculator moved the process towards quantifiable performance. The scheme by Seow Tzi Yue, shown here, discarded conventional office typologies for one that favoured a seamless, vertical unfolding of public space, in the process infusing natural ventilation and daylight into the building’s core. Sng Poh Liang’s precinct hub merged goals of energy and rainwater capture with aspirations of an iconic landmark.