The Chicago Athenaeum BACK TO HOMEPAGE >
Int. Architecture
SENGKANG RIVERSIDE PARK LARGE CHILDCARE CENTRE | Singapore, Republic of Singapore | 2018

SENGKANG RIVERSIDE PARK LARGE CHILDCARE CENTRE | Singapore, Republic of Singapore | 2018

Architects: Freight Architects 
Design Team: Chen Kian Khiong, Kee Jing Zhi, Tan Kian Teck
Client: Skool4Kidz Preschool
General Contractor: Sanwah Construction Pte. Ltd.
Photographers: Darren Soh


Sengkang Large Childcare Centre is the first and only project in Singapore that integrates an entire facility into a park. As part of Sengkang Riverside Park, the building is a seamless extension of the park’s constructed wetlands and open spaces.

Emerging at the entrance of the park and gradually sloping down to the riverfront, the building features openings specially created to maximize natural daylight and allow for cross ventilation. This blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor, for a richer learning environment.

In building SKLCC, one thought emerged: integration.

The architects proposed a ‘rolling hill’ concept that would merge the building mass with the park, while providing a whimsical but exciting narrative for children as the ‘hill school’.

The building adopts a crescent form around an existing park sculpture with an access road cutting through the building.

The green roof is supported by steel ribs that open up towards the edges, merging into the landscape. The two ends of the hill are tapered to reduce mass at the edges, while maintaining a very high volume at the central atrium.

Classrooms are situated at both wings flanking the central atrium park.

The central park is fully sheltered but open at both sides for natural daylight and ventilation.

This area provides a garden setting upon arrival at the entrance and an airy indoor space for children’s learning.

The classrooms also open out at both sides to wide semi-outdoor corridor spaces for sheltered learning and sand/water play, extending also to motor skills training.


Sengkang riverside park
Sengkang Riverside park
Sengkang riverside park

BACK TO LIST
International Architecture
The Chicago Athenaeum | 601 South Prospect Street
Galena, Illinois 61036, USA | Tel: 815/777-4444 | Fax: 815/777-2471
E-mail: curatorial@chicagoathenaeum.org