The University Hall houses the key administrative units of NUS. Located at Lower Kent Ridge Road, this seven-storey complex with a gross floor area of 29,000m2 comprises of two key administrative components, namely, the Lee Kong Chian Wing and the Tan Chin Tuan Wing. It is the first flagship building to be constructed under the proposed Master Plan and was showcased as a landmark for the 2005 NUS Centennial Celebrations.
The new Complex is conceived on the basis that the University Hall and the Administration Building are visually and formally linked. Designed to be architecturally inspiring and innovative, the two blocks interblock and connect together at the second storey via a linear bridge which also functions as an interaction space. Spatially, the new building have maximum transparency and views with daylight penetration through skylight and clear glazed curtain walls giving a predominantly light, airy and lofty feeling. High performance glass supplemented by appropriate environmental control systems is incorporated to ensure optimal temperature, energy consumption and glare control.
There are important special facilities such as the dining hall, ceremonial and exhibition areas, galleria and the Vista for staff, alumni and stakeholders to meet and interact. The Vista and associated special facilities are used for hosting important visitors and University functions.
As a whole, the building aims to create a casual yet dignified environment conducive for interaction, communication and exchange of ideas in a spirit of openness and spontaneity. It is a building not only for the present but also for the future to suit the requirements of a global knowledge University of the 21st century.
Commencement date: Feb 2003
Completion date: Jun 2005
GFA: 29,000 m2
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