School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University
The Nanyang Technological University of Singapore constructed an ecologically friendly "green roof" to house their School of Art, Design and Media. The five-storey facility sweeps a wooded corner of the campus with an organic vegetated form that blends landscape and structure, nature and high-tech; and symbolises the creativity it houses.
In addition to reducing solar gain and slowing runoff during Singapore's many downpours, it is irrigated using rainwater collected in storage tanks. And to top it all off, a moisture retention mat installed beneath the lightweight soil also helps keep the grass consistently damp under the sun.
With this grassed roof fully accessible to students, the line between landscape and building is blurred.