Nanyang Girls’ High School, one of Singapore’s
top public schools, was founded in 1917, and
moved campuses several times until 1999 where
it settled in its present location along
Dunearn Road, in the heart of Singapore.
The existing building, comprising of an iconic
clock tower flanked by two blocks of colonial-
influenced buildings that formalize in front
of it a large green field and running track
for students, has a landmark presence along
the arterial roads.
With alterations or additions to existing
buildings, there is always an interesting
tension between the new and the old.
When considering the possible strategies to
address the brief, it was apparent that the
architectural approach should not be one that
emulates the old, subservient to the legacy of
the iconic institution. Neither should the
existing school complex fade away, being
simply the backdrop for the new extension.
What we opted for instead, was a synergistic
relationship between the old and the new – a
duet performing in sync and in harmony.