School of Law Building, SMU

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School of Law Building, SMU

Design Brief

Location Singapore
Size 7,252 sqm
Completion 2017

MKPL was appointed as the lead consultant for the new School of Law project, through a design competition held in September 2011.

Singapore Management University, SMU is a city campus, situated in the heart of Singapore’s civic, cultural and business district. The new School of Law (SOL) building is proposed on the site of the well-loved National Library at Stamford Road near Fort Canning Park, and in close proximity to the National Museum. The design sensitively integrated the building with its urban context, and created meaningful civic spaces and public connectors (eg Front Plaza, 24/7 Public Linkway to Stamford Green etc).

The central component of the project is the Law Library, which is named the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library. It is designed as a distinctive landmark with a strong civic presence – a symbol of inspirational learning in a green setting close to Fort Canning Park.  The other components of the new building is a 1400-seater Flexi-Theatre, designed as a flexible multi-purpose hall with a variety of seating configurations to support SMU’s programmatic needs.

In essence, this project is about Integration, Inspiration and Innovation – a progressive and innovative building which integrates well into its city context and park setting as well as a vibrant learning environment which fosters intellectual exchange, social interaction and community.