Lasalle College of the Arts by RSP Architects in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers more than 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fine arts, design communication, interior design, product design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theater, arts management, arts pedagogy and practice, art therapy, Asian art histories, and creative writing.
Part of an international competition, the design of the Lasalle College of the Arts creates a massive “black box” with everything turned inside-out for maximum porosity between the campus and streets. The design becomes a part of art-making, embracing the city’s diversity and engaging its fabric.
RSP Architects: Six organically shaped buildings, seven storeys high, feature inroads and alleyways running between them – much like lava flowing through a valley and canyons created by natural geological processes. This can be likened to the creative forces pouring from the students and teachers within.
The buildings of the Lasalle College of the Arts are distinguished by facets of glass on the inside, and an external cladding made of stone and aluminium. They are linked by an integrated atrium and sky bridges. An innovative roof structure covers the entire site seamlessly. The entire campus is a living sculpture and contemporary architectural masterpiece that serves as a major landmark within the cityscape.
Art students need to be inspired, so from glass panels, to courtyards and alleyways, all spaces were carefully detailed to offer varied ways for interaction, reflection and inspiration, a result of a strong collective team effort.
Students are engaged in continuous dialogue with the public and get to experience everything from all angles. The challenge was to design a campus that expressed the college’s spirit and embraced the city’s diversity.