The ITE College Central is designed for a student population of 10,400 and teaching staff of 850. On a land area of just 10.61 hectares, this integrated project is also home to the new ITE Corporate Headquarters. The design provides numerous platforms for interaction and exchange between students, staff and the public all across the campus.
The use of the Central Green Spine and Inspiration zone, defined by a series of covered social settings, themed gardens with inter-woven water features and Green Walls, was a powerful architectural element. This green wall is the largest vertical greenery installation at a single development in the world. Approximately 5,300 sqm of living walls, reaching a height of 35m, adorn the façade of the campus blocks, and form a substantive part of its overall green design. It not just orientates and binds together the different school blocks; the primary North-South axial space channels the prevailing wind through the covered space to create a comfortable and conducive environment for activities.
The series of linked V-shaped blocks clearly defines the 4 different disciplines of the institution. The outward expression of the campus is highly visible from the surrounding, becoming a key landmark of the locale. Its characteristic aluminium façade of the Convention Centre with its boulder-like building form, and its interweaving ribbon of environmental canopies, describe relevant narratives of education of importance: robust founding in education, and education as a continuous and lifelong learning process. These are quintessential for instilling pride and ownership in the students to develop a truly sustainable identity for the school.