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Bishan Public Library / LOOK Architects

  • 01:00 - 22 February, 2012
Bishan Public Library / LOOK Architects
Bishan Public Library / LOOK Architects, © Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall

© Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Bishan Pl, Singapore 579841
  • Architect

    LOOK Architects 
  • Structural Engineer

    Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Mechanicalme &Electrical Engineer

    Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Quantity Surveyor

    BEC Consultants
  • Client

    National Library Board, Singapore
  • Area

    1400.3 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

 The metaphor of a tree house was invoked from the onset of design conceptualization to create an environment for learning via a journey of discovery and play. The use of skylights, trellises and colored glass transforms incoming daylight into a myriad of shades and colours, creating an intriguing dappled light quality within the library that simulates light filtered through the foliage of trees. ‘Pods’ cantilevered off the main building façade exude a distinctive charisma on the exterior and create suspended alcoves at an intimate scale from the building interior. The library is raised above the anonymity of its mixed used neighborhood and sets out to stir the curiosity of the community.

© Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall

Conflicting requirements – view orientation, solar control and regulation of unprotected openings mandated by the statutory fire safety code – were satisfied by a highly rationalised spatial strategy. An internal atrium was incorporated to introduce natural daylight deep into the main circulation zone, as well as most of the library floors, and the back-of-house was concentrated as a solid core on the western elevation that also serves to shield the building from the harsh evening sun. A gently sloping ramp leads people from the street level up to the collection zone through the atrium and also acts as an efficient discharge route for large crowds.

© Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall

Responding to a highly constricted urban site amidst a mature satellite town, the design answers demands for an efficient construction method that minimises impact on its surroundings. Insitu concrete structure comprising four typical floor slabs over a basement are linked by a common lift and staircase core, and internal columns are kept to a minimum through the use of post-tensioned floor slabs, effectively maximising floor area and increasing flexibility of collection storage. Exploiting its potential of noise segregation, the basement was designed to house the children's section, defining a subterranean cavern-like realm where imagination can run free.

© Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall
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BG · October 05, 2016

Way Cool!

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MsSonicFlare:: Ivo · April 29, 2012

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Martin · March 11, 2012

Not so convinced of the interior of the atrium. Space feels to small en too dark, made more intense by the oppressive roof.

And why no easy chair of descent private workspace in the boxes? Feels all a bit too cheesy.

Quipper · March 11, 2012

What happens on the roof? Looks like a lofted ceiling, but is there a gathering/conference area up there too? Would seem to be a waste if it's not used.

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BrandonStewart · March 06, 2012

Quite possibly the most gorgeous modern library ever - the Bishan Public Library.

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roderick alzate · February 26, 2012

"This proves that modern innovation exploit the pleasure of living.Creating a more convenient, yet elegant structures such as those.I wish someday i would be a part of these aesthetic changes."

CAPUY · February 26, 2012

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Nick Cooper · February 24, 2012

in LOVE. http://t.co/LKFD7o7i first project for our new house will be a treehouse for c (and me) :) can&#39t wait. #dadtweet #vtarch

Natali Mejia Ibarra · February 24, 2012

Miren esta biblioteca pública, en serio, aprecien la arquitectura http://t.co/NSbekC2i <3

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Neda Al-Khalaf · February 24, 2012

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#pretty(:

faisal alsulaiman · February 24, 2012

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buzlu badem · February 23, 2012

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japradi · February 23, 2012

Very well done.

stephen j · February 23, 2012

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Tegnestue · February 23, 2012

very beautiful structure have been shared. i like second one from the top.

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alright · February 23, 2012

this is like a historical building already! completed in 2006! was expecting to read new projects from archdaily..

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