Yale-NUS celebrates new college campus designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Yale-NUS celebrates new college campus designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Yale-NUS celebrates new college campus designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

NEW HAVEN, Conn., (October 15, 2015) —Singapore’s Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong was the honored guest of Yale-NUS to inaugurate the new campus. Mr. Loong was joined by Yale-NUS Founding President Pericles Lewis, Yale University President Peter Salovey, Acting Minister for Education Mr. Ong Ye Kung,and NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan in the official ceremony. Over 30 university leaders from around the globe, including Former Yale President Richard Levin, marched in the procession. Senior Principal Fred Clarke, FAIA, RIBA, JIA and Principal Mariko Masuoka, AIA, LEED AP participated in the three-day event.

Founded in 2011, Yale-NUS College is the first four-year liberal arts college in Singapore that integrates learning and living. Pelli Clarke Pelli’s new academic complex comprises a central campus quadrangle flanked by educational and administrative buildings as well as three residential colleges, each arranged around its own courtyard.

 Partnering with Pelli Clarke Pelli and Forum Architects to design this state-of-the-art campus, we have greatly strengthened our model of a learning community,” says Founding President Pericles Lewis. “We now have the resources to bring the best of the East and West together in a powerful and profound dialogue, helping us shape leaders of tomorrow who will have an impact both within our community and beyond.”

Balancing traditions of Yale University with cultures of Southeast Asia, the design’s contemporary architectural language is revealed in sun- and rain-screened colonnades, roofs with generous eaves, and shaded walkways found alongside traditional Singapore shop houses.

Yale-NUS residential colleges integrate the learning and living environment, fostering intellectual and social development of its students. Floors are grouped into neighborhoods, each with a sky garden (landscaped open space), common in Singapore’s high-rise buildings. These open spaces, stacked vertically, replicate Yale’s residential college entryways. In addition to classrooms, seminar rooms, faculty offices, and study spaces, each college accommodates a dining hall and eatery to encourage communal interaction and spontaneous conversations.

The campus received the Green Mark Platinum Award from the Singapore Building and Construction Authority in 2013, and was the first educational institution to receive the Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework certification in 2014, from NParks, Singapore, recognizing its design and implementation of an ecologically friendly landscape.

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