“The new extension to the existing Nanyang Primary School and Kindergarten in Singapore is designed around a large internalised valley, open to the sky but facing away from the residential streets. studio505’s and LT&T’s key design objective was to place the communal space at the heart of the school.
When entering the valley at public street level the visitor cannot see the valley?s entire extent as it curves around a strategically placed bend at its geographic centre where a large landscaped staircase is located. It provides access to the hilltop and its classrooms and integrates spaces for outdoor activities. This landscape gesture emphasizes and enhances the existing site contours. The horizontal extent of the valley is balanced by the verticality of the stair and exposed yellow columns which prop link bridges that seem to fly overhead and facilitate easy connections between the two parallel wings of classrooms.