The basic building blocks of learning – the synapses that organize the brain’s neural network – were primary inspirations for the design of this iconic Ministry of Education building in Singapore.
A dramatic perforated metal screen envelops the most visible parts of the Goh Keng Swee Centre, serving both a pragmatic and aesthetic role. Drawing upon the metaphor of the synapse, the pattern of openings is generated by images of the neural network.
The building is organized to promote dynamic collaboration among four new teaching academies of the Goh Keng Swee Centre: the Academy of Singapore Teachers, the Physical Education and Sports Teachers Academy, the Singapore Teacher Academy of the Arts and the English Language Institute of Singapore.
The design evokes the unique crossroads of the mind that mediate the flow of information and transfers it within the human brain, activating thought and action: a worthy tribute to Goh Keng Swee’s philosophies and legacy.
The use of conventional materials to create an extraordinary structure generates a building full of possibility and potential – organized yet nuanced, ordered yet spontaneous, expressive yet restrained, dignified yet inspiring.
The perforated metal panel screen performs at an urban and intimate scale. Visible at a distance, the larger pattern creates an identity and character for the building. A finer pattern of varied perforations creates a unique experience for people inside the building looking out – a compelling reminder of neural networks.
Exhibits, Amphitheater, Lecture Hall, Library, Vertical Garden, Black Box Theater, Rehersal and Studio Space, Open/Private Office, Conference Rooms, Green Roof