London-based practice Heatherwick Studio has completed their university building in Singapore, which consists of 12 conjoined towers which some of have said resemble parsnips. Heatherwick Studios, founded by English designer Thomas Heatherwick, collaborated with local firm CPG Consultants on the Learning Hub, the eight-story building for Nanyang Technological University. Rather than go for the typical set-up of multiple, box-like lecture rooms most universities have, the structure was designed as a cluster of circular towers around a centralized atrium. To encourage as much student and faculty interactions as possible, the designers also integrated social spaces, such as balconies, gardens, and open-air corridors.
"Heatherwick Studio's first major new building in Asia has offered us an extraordinary opportunity to rethink the traditional university building," Thomas Heatherwick told Dezeen.
"In the information age the most important commodity on a campus is social space to meet and bump into and learn from each other." Read More