LASALLE College of the Arts

April 25, 2011 | By More

Singapore's LASALLE College of the Arts building

Founded in 1984 LASALLE College of the Arts is a specialist tertiary institution focused on contemporary arts education in fine art, design, media and performing arts in the Asia Pacific. Its Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Musical Theatre Programme is the first of its kind in Asia, training students in singing, acting and dancing.

Students at the courtyard under the teflon membrane roof

In 2007, the LASALLE College of the Arts moved to its new SGD$65 million home at Rochor Road in the heart of Singapore. Located in an area designated as the Arts, Culture, Learning and Entertainment hub of Singapore, the 370,000 sq ft city campus was awarded several architectural accolades.

Students in between class breaks

Its aluminum and black stone exterior walls enclose a canyon-like interior surrounded by glass and steel volumes. Bridges link the volumes and serve as performance platforms and a Teflon membrane roof arches across the interior ravine and shelters the court below where students work, play and mingle.

An exhibit at the LASALLE School of the Arts

The construction of the building had a few unique challenges. In particular, the huge concrete foundation had to be carefully poured because of its size (almost one hectare) and had 2 floors. Engineers were concerned about the possible stresses incurred during its construction, especially as the concrete is curing.

Aerial view of the construction site showing locations of the sensors

Alphatech’s predecessor company was appointed to assist during this phase. Fiber-optic sensors designed to be embedded into concrete were inserted at strategic locations around the site prior to concrete being poured and monitored as the foundation was being cured naturally. (read more about what fiber-optic sensors do)

Installation of the sensors (left), taking readings (right)

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A typical fiber-optic sensor embedded in concrete

 

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  1. A Arthur says:

    La Salle College of the Arts which is only in its 27 years of existence has come a long way. I am impressed by its Teacher:Student ratio and the courses it offer. Perhaps in the coming years it should be The College of Fine Arts in Asia, as in the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Parsons in New York City. Good write-up.