Amsterdam-based architects UNStudio have been chosen to plan and design the new Singapore University for Technology and Design (SUTD). The university held a competition for entries and chose UNStudio's design, to be carried out by DP Architects, based in Singapore. The site is located near Singapore's main airport on a plot spanning nearly 80,000 square meters in Upper Changi.
The university will have four main pillars: Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) and Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD). The goal of the design is to allow for transparency and communication between all parts of the newly-established university. The campus will be organized on two main axes separated into spaces for living and learning, which overlap and create a common center point and four pod-like sections, each oriented around an interior courtyard. The layout of the campus is designed to effectively bind the whole academic experience together.
SUTD will be Singapore's fourth prestigious university. It was developed in collaboration with MIT in Boston, and aims to be MIT's parallel in Singapore.