The Hive, Nanyang Technological University
This building looks like a pile of baskets that are usually used to serve dumplings
27 Jul 2020

The Hive, also known as Learning Hub, is a building located at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. This building looks like a pile of baskets that are usually used to serve dim sum (dumplings).

The Hive, designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, consists of 12 towers, each eight stories high. Inside the building there are 56 "smart" classrooms equipped with flexible seating, electronic whiteboards and LCD screens. Lecturers and students can use this smart class for interactive learning and discussion activities.

The Hive looking like a dumplings basket / 
The Hive looking like a dumplings basket / Lyslee555,

The building has energy-saving features, including the use of energy-efficient lighting and motion sensors in classrooms, toilets and stairs to regulate the use of lights. In addition, the building design has also taken into account natural light and wind factors to reduce energy requirements.

The main material of this building is concrete, both walls, ceilings, stairs, floors and columns. On the walls of the stairs and elevators are sculptures by British artist Sara Fanelli on the themes of science, art and literature.

Open space is a hallmark of The Hive architecture
Open space is a hallmark of The Hive architecture
The Hive decorated with plants
The Hive decorated with plants

The building has received mixed reviews, with some admiring its design, some criticizing it for being similar to a car park. In the 2015 World Architecture Festival Awards, this building was a finalist in the education and research building category.

The construction of the building which was inaugurated in August 2015 cost SGD45 million or around IDR475 billion. The location of this building is a bit far, west of Singapore. To visit the NTU campus, you can take the MRT to Pioneer Station and then take bus number 179.

The unique architecture of The Hive, Singapore / 
The unique architecture of The Hive, Singapore / Huiyi.k

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