FGLA 2019 Merit: Sengkang Riverside Park Large Childcare Centre

Institutional, Landscape, Social / 2nd Quarter 2019

FGLA 2019 Merit: Sengkang Riverside Park Large Childcare Centre

The distinctive green roof form of the Sengkang Riverside Park Large Childcare Centre came about as the architects wanted to integrate the building mass with the park — the first and only project in Singapore located in a park. The ‘rolling hill’ concept would enable the structure to ‘merge’ with its surroundings. The building adopts a crescent form around an existing park sculpture with an access road cutting through the childcare centre. Steel ribs that open up towards the edges support the green roof. The two ends of the ‘hill’ are tapered to reduce mass at the edges, while maintaining a high volume at the central atrium.

Classrooms are situated at both wings, flanking the central atrium park. The central park is fully sheltered but open on both sides for natural daylight and ventilation. This area provides a garden setting upon entry, and an airy indoor space for children’s learning. The classrooms also open out at both sides to wide semi-outdoor corridor spaces for sheltered learning and sand/water play, extending to motor skills training as well. Passive design strategies include positioning the shortest and smallest surface to the harsh equatorial western sun; and collecting rainwater from the semi-open peripheral spaces for irrigation and learning purposes. Central courts at each wing form shafts for internal hot air to escape. Existing trees were conserved as much as possible, with more trees of similar species planted around the building.

Project Name
Sengkang Riverside Park
Large Childcare Centre
Location
Sengkang Riverside Park, Singapore
Completion Date
25 July 2018
Site Area
4,000 square metres
Gross Floor Area
4,000 square metres
Number of Rooms
24
Building Height
15 metres
Client/Owner
Skool4Kidz Pte Ltd
Architecture Firm
Freight Architects LLP
Principal Architect
Chen Kian Khiong
Main Contractor
Sanwah Construction Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
William Ng Consultants Pte Ltd
Civil & Structural Engineer
KCL Consultants Pte Ltd
Landscape Architect
Freight Architects LLP

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