Yale University of the US and the National University of Singapore have broken ground on Yale-NUS College campus in Singapore.
The new college is expected to open in 2015 and will be the first campus established by Yale outside of New Haven, Connecticut, US.
The campus has been designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in collaboration with Forum Architects of Singapore, and it is expected to achieve the highest sustainable designing rating under the Singapore’s Green Mark.
The Yale-NUS College will be located to the north of the NUS main campus at Kent Ridge, and the 62,000m² new campus will comprise three residential colleges to host 1,000 students.
The campus will feature residential towers and a community of learning and social spaces.
Centre of the campus will have a green space flanked by academic and administrative buildings, the learning commons, auditorium, sports hall and an open-air, sheltered gathering place called the Agora.
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects senior principal Fred Clarke said much like the educational mission of the college, the architecture of Yale-NUS is attuned to its antecedents and committed to the ideas and responsibilities of today.
"In this way, it is also a vision for the future," Clarke said.
The campus will be designed balancing the traditions of Yale with cultural and climatic conditions of South-East Asia, incorporating processional entrances, sun and rain-screened colonnades, and roof forms with eaves, the architecture firm said.
It will be built on a master plan and architectural plans developed by Kieran Timberlake and Pfeiffer Partners Architects.
Each of the residential colleges will be able to accommodate 330 students along with faculty members.
The designs of residential towers and courtyards, dining halls and common rooms will be different from each other in design while tower floors will be combined with neighborhoods around sky gardens.
In March 2011, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Yale University had signed a deal to establish Yale-NUS College, an autonomous college of NUS.
Image: The campus will spread across an area of 62,000m² comprising three residential colleges to host 1,000 students.Photo: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects