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SDE 1 & 3 NUS Department of Architecture - Feature Video

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

National University of Singapore (NUS)’s renovated School of Design and Environment (SDE) 1 and 3 opened this February 2023.



SDE 1 is an intelligent adaptive reuse project that retains the structure and legacy of the existing building built back in the 1970s, while introducing net-zero energy considerations and elements catering to the needs of a futuristic academic environment.


The deep-veiled envelop designs created a fresh identity that enwrap and connect the two adjacent blocks, creating a series of light shelves to allow daylight deep into the floor plate, these light screens also provide views and natural ventilation while filtering out solar radiation.


SDE 3 comprises of new design studios, workshops and new research spaces surrounding a large central student commons, designed with flexibility, cross ventilation, and optimal natural lighting considerations. The building is conceived as a laboratory for the future of architectural education.


SDE 1 and 3 offer an exemplar on the advantage of rejuvenation over rebuilding in terms of meeting new needs from a future-ready academic environment while improving carbon performance.



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