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With an already well-established reputation for excellence in business, academics, research and education, the Singapore Management University (SMU) announced its plans to invest in a new School of Law building. Additionally, with privacy being an important factor, acoustic glass partitions are a key feature for this university.
LocationSMU Law, 53 Armenian Street, Singapore, 179940
ArchitectMKPL Architects (Singapore)
To begin, when searching for an architect, SMU found their partner in MKPL Architects. Without a doubt, their vision matched the university’s desire to create a modern ground-breaking facility to support academic activity and legal collaboration.
Understandably, a key feature of the new School of Law building is the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library. This 2,600 sq m research library is based on aesthetic appeal as well as functional ability. Strategically placed at the high point of the site, it is designed to be an “inspirational beacon.” The building is also named in memory of the late Madam Kwa Geok Choo, wife of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Additionally, this state-of-the-art law library will be fully equipped to cater for cutting-edge legal research for up to 500 persons, including faculty members, university legal partners and students.
The library building adopts an almost pearl like architectural form via the utilization of a central glass atrium. This will offer somewhere where students can meet, study, socialise, eat and relax together. Moreover, the key to this design is ability to nurture a natural air of collaboration, whilst at the same time create a space that works sustainably and sits confidently within Singapore’s prestigious business district.
Throughout the new School of Law, we installed our high-performing Revolution double glazed system to achieve unrivalled acoustic performance. We also included Edge Affinity double glazed doors along with Tech Panels that serve to provide in-room customisation as well as control. Notably, these glazing systems were applied with different finishes in accordance with SMU’s vision and MKPL’s designs.
Above all, each of these systems was installed to the highest level of accuracy and precision. The outstanding acoustic performance in particular meant that both privacy and openness could become part of everyday working and teaching life for the SMU.
Altogether, working directly with the project’s main contractor, Kajima, we consistently met tight deadlines professionally and effectively. This project further demonstrates our Asia Pacific team’s ability and commitment to delivering high quality glazed systems to world class education institutions.