Singapore Management University Master Plan


Singapore Management University is a campus designed to integrate the Singapore CBD with its western parkland in which the city’s main cultural buildings are housed. The master plan submission shared first prize in an open international competition for the Campus. The Victoria Project was commissioned a result of this.

The site itself was complex and of irregular shape, long and thin and about 110x35m. It is a corner site with additional frontage to a rear access lane. The site is bisected by an easement that is required to revert to a public roadway and, therefore, cannot be constructed upon to a height of 4.5m.

The building is the administrative heart of the University and is designed as an icon for the SMU campus and intended to reflect the quality of the institution itself. It has a significant role in the Singapore cityscape because of its prominent location. As such architecture with an emphasis on the public space and surrounding spaces was considered.

The building was conceived as a tower and podium. The podium being designed as a glass veil to the major hall volume inside, expressing the dynamic nature of the facility both internally and externally. This is further emphasised by the shell form protruding through the podium roof.

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  • Cox Team
In association with
DEG Architects
Singapore Management University
Project Status
Completed, 2001-2006
Key Consultants
PM Link Pte Ltd, Maunsell Consultants (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner S.E Asia, Acviron Acoustics Consultants, Arup Communications, CCD (Singapore), Langdon & Seah, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Contractor / Builder
Koon Seng Construction
Gross Floor Area
Peter Hale
Troy Rafton
Michael Moore