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A deeply layered facade combining shading and transparency at the Singapore National Library exemplifies Ken Yeang's approach to climate-sensitive architecture. buildings. Photo: K.L. Ng Photography/ © T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd.
KEN YEANG'S NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SINGAPORE
by Sara Hart
The Singapore National Library commission represents Ken
Yeang's first large-scale built project outside
Malaysia. Won in competition against firms including
Michael Graves's, Moshe Safdie's and Nikken Sekkei, the
library also marks the beginning of a performance-based
approach to architecture.
It was with this project that Yeang really got to grips
with certification procedures, in this case Singapore's
"Green Mark" system (the equivalent of the UK's BREEAM
and the U.S.'s LEED models) under which the building was
awarded the highest rating — Platinum. At the time
of completion, Christopher Chia, chief executive of the
National Library Board, predicted the building would be
"one of Singapore's most endearing buildings for the
The client brief from the National Library Board was
demanding. As well as providing library services of the
highest order, the building had to function as a
national and cultural icon, and be modeled as a civic
institution of international standing.
The building, specified the brief, should have "a
distinct character, reflecting Singapore's multicultural
heritage and its aspirations to be a learning nation."
The Singapore National Library. Photo: K.L. Ng Photography/ © T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd.
The building is located on what was once a grassed-over
space containing a number of buried construction piles;
these piles needed to be extracted, requiring the total
clearance of the land.
At the outset Yeang mapped the vegetation within a
500-meter (1,600-foot) radius of the site; in his
taxonomy of land types, Yeang categorized the
development zone as "mixed artificial land."
The library is composed of two distinct blocks that are
separated by a daylit, semi-enclosed and naturally
ventilated internal "street"; the blocks are connected
by bridges at the higher levels.
The larger of the two elements, which contains the book
collections and library services, sits over a large,
open, naturally ventilated plaza; the thick concrete
slab which forms the soffit of the plaza is of
sufficient size to evaporatively cool the space below
through its thermal mass.
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