GUEST BLOG / By Lizzie Crook, Dezeen.com writer—Asian architect Toyo Ito has completed Gaia, a six-story business school at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore that is built almost entirely from mass timber. [Note: Mass timber uses state-of-the-art technology to glue, nail, or dowel wood products together in layers. The results are large structural panels, posts and beams. These exceptionally strong and versatile products are known as mass timber.]
Toyo Ito (left), a previous winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture, designed Gaia with Singapore architectural studio RSP Architects to provide a new home for the university’s business school.
The project has been awarded by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore the Green Mark Platinum (zero energy) certification. Singapore reports 16 buildings in the nation have the Green Mark certification. Half of them are on the NTU campus.
Glue-laminated timber is used for the structural support columns.