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NTU’s new Pioneer and Crescent Halls are a green oasis where new ways of living and learning will take root, Chrystal Chan discovers

Walk in the park
Picturesque walkways weave through the central garden of the new residential halls, where verdant greenery, gazebos and gently cascading ponds blend into the environment. The gardenscape with its ambient lighting takes on a different charm when the sun sets.

On Kai Wei: Strappy jumpsuit, Warehouse. Flower necklace, Sienna Nine.
On Anders: Moulin wool blazer and pants, both Zara.
“The design and layout of the new halls is quite impressive. Although the place looks stylish and grand, it still gives off a homely vibe.”
– Anders Aplin
Waterside living
The body of water collected here is not just table-dressing – the run-off from the original pond is naturally filtered and later pumped back into the upstream pond to maintain the aquatic life there. The clean water is also recycled to water the plants in the area.

On Kai Wei: Lace trim top, Topshop. Zip-through A-line skirt, Topshop. Flower chain necklace and ring, both Sienna Nine.
On Anders: Cloud print pullover, Topman. Drawstring bermudas, Pull & Bear.
Green oasis
The eight tree-like blocks with a mix of single and double rooms can house 1,250 students.
“Having two new halls gives us the opportunity to try out various fresh concepts from architecture to pedagogies.”
– Assoc Prof Kwok Kian Woon, NTU’s Associate Provost (Student Life)
Cool digs
Comfortable rooms, even in the tropical heat, are possible, thanks to the specially-designed louvres that shield them from direct sunlight. With the layout of the buildings and trees promoting natural ventilation, the average wind speed is 0.6 m/s for the majority of the rooms.
“My room is very breezy and comfortable even though it isn’t air-conditioned.”
– Crescent Hall resident Lee Kai Wei
Test bed
The eco-friendly theme runs through the resort-like dwellings – solar energy is used to power electrical equipment and water heaters for showers, and the halls also come equipped with dual refuse chutes for recycling. There are also charging stations for electric vehicles. Last year, the halls received the Green Mark Platinum status, the highest award for green buildings in Singapore. Besides being a test bed for sustainable living, the new halls also offer fresh opportunities to pilot new ways of learning.
Levelling up
Each block features sky terraces where hall residents from different floors can gather or chill out. Recycled rainwater channelled here keeps the trees and plants healthy.

On Kai Wei: Halter floral dress, Miss Selfridge. Ring, Sienna Nine.
On Anders: Pullover, Zara. Green pants, Ben Sherman. Boots, Pedro.
Pretty hues
Tree-lined boardwalks and gazebos are the perfect spots to unwind, chit-chat or discuss that next big idea.

On Kai Wei: Fit-and-flare dress, Warehouse. Beaded necklace, Stradivarius. Pearl bracelet, Sienna Nine. T-bar wedges with gold trim, Pedro.
On Anders: Printed shirt and bomber jacket, both Topman. Blue pants, Ben Sherman. Moccasins, Pedro.
MAIN PHOTOS: MARK TEO
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS: AMIN SHAH
HAIR AND MAKEUP: ALEX HO
STYLING: GINA KOH
STUDENTS: ANDERS APLIN (NANYANG BUSINESS SCHOOL) AND
LEE KAI WEI (LEE KONG CHIAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE)
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