Largest wooden building in Asia

6 Nov 2018

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Academic Building South is expected to be Asia’s largest wooden building at 40,000 sq m and features six storeys. Scheduled for completion in 2021, this new development will house NTU’s Nanyang Business School, featuring smart classrooms equipped with the latest technologies to support NTU’s collaborative learning pedagogy, where students devote more time and interaction with professors, classmates and industry partners.

RSP is the executive architect, in collaboration with Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, for the NTU Academic Building South. It will be a magnificent timber structure, said RSP, creating a warm environment for learning surrounded by nature. The design aspiration is to create a world-class large-scale timber building, which inspires the human senses and stimulates learning.

Approximately 220 m in length, the flagship infrastructure development of NTU will have a clean-cut spatial configuration and architecture, due to the use of an efficient modular timber frame system.

Sustainable construction with MET

Constructed using the mass engineered timber (MET) technology, material for the new academic building will be procured from renewable forests and prefabricated off-site for installation on site, requiring less manpower than traditional construction methods, explained RSP.

As timber is a highly renewable material, the use of MET contributes positively to environmental sustainability. MET also comprises engineered wood products with improved structural integrity, RSP pointed out, and its high strength-to-weight ratio makes it easier to handle than steel and concrete.

RSP further highlighted that the use of MET as a construction material is relatively new in Singapore. Being at the forefront of new building technologies and to encourage the adoption of MET, RSP worked with its partners to specify the suitable type of timber, and ensure fire protection, moisture protection, termite protection and acoustic treatment requirements are met.


All images © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects.

Excerpt of article by Southeast Asia Construction. Read the full article in the November-December 2018 issue.