Skool4Kidz Campus @ Sengkang Riverside Park
30,138 sf Greenroof
Greenroofs.com Featured Project October 15, 2018
I had selected the Skool4Kidz Campus @ Sengkang Riverside Park as one outstanding project that just had to be included in my “Greenroofs.com 2018 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” long before I recently received a Project Submission from our friends over at Elmich Pte Ltd in Singapore.
Its stunning, curved, and joyous greenroof just screamed at me – plus it looks like a juicy multi-colored caterpillar!
I shouldn’t be glib about it, but it’s hard not to find a wonderful greenroof or greenwall project in Singapore.
With extreme governmental support to provide healthier living spaces in the tight quarters of the very built-up island nation and create a City in a Garden, it’s no wonder their plans are to have 200 hectares of greenroofs and walls in place by 2030 -that’s 2 million m2!
Mini Description & Details
Situated in the middle of a highly developed and built-up area, the new Skool4Kidz Campus @ Sengkang Riverside Park preschool is the largest childcare center to be located within a public park in Singapore. It’s also the first collaboration between the Early Childhood Development Agency and the National Parks Board.
Designed by Freight Architects, the flagship 4,000 square meter complex is not only an architectural work of art but is imbued with biodiversity, inside and out.
The nature-focused campus is designed to integrate seamlessly into the green surroundings of the park in order to keep the children in touch with nature, providing them with a safe and nurturing environment for their holistic development.
Resembling a “green cocoon,” the 2-story green roof is supported by steel ribs that open up towards the edges, merging into the landscape. Perforated by skylights and left open on the ground and second levels, the structure provides fresh air and dappled natural light indoors.
Due to the heavy structural load of the barrel-shaped roof, a lightweight, flexible, and erosion-proof design was required, as well as good thermal insulation properties. The Elmich green roof system was selected and to enhance drainage capabilities, Elmich’s VersiCell® drainage cells were placed underneath the planting boards and beneath a layer of geotextile.
Planted with twelve different species, the lush landscaping was implemented by Nature Landscapes. A Garden Atrium houses indoor trees, shrubs, an eco-garden, and a sky bridge, and children can learn about different flora and fauna.
Herbs grown in the eco-garden are cooked and served in the kids’ meals, giving them a unique “garden to table” culinary experience. To promote sustainability, rainwater is also harvested for irrigation and learning purposes.
The beautiful Skool4Kidz Campus @ Sengkang Riverside Park green roof is designed to thrive year round in Singapore’s tropical weather and encourage healthy and strong, socially-emotionally confident, and environmentally responsible children.
Owner: Skool4Kidz Pte
Building Type: Educational
Greenroof Type: Extensive
Size: 30,138 sf
ARCHITECT: FREIGHT ARCHITECTS LLP
GREEN ROOF SYSTEM PROVIDER: ELMICH PTE LTD
GREEN ROOF IMPLEMENTATION: NATURE LANDSCAPES PTE LTD
DESIGN AND BUILD MAIN CONTRACTOR: SANWAH CONSTRUCTION PTE LTD
C&S CONSULTANT: KCL CONSULTANTS PTE LTD
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