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Japanese architect Toyo Ito has completed Gaia, a six-story business school built almost entirely of solid wood at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. According to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the 43,500-square-meter project is "the largest wooden building in Asia" in terms of wood usage.
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Toyo Ito graduates from Gaia's Nanyang Technological University Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects has teamed up with local studio RSP Architects to replace the existing NTU Innovation Center and provide a new home for the university's business school alongside Heatherwick Studio's Learning Hub. designed Gaia. The facility consists of two curved blocks containing a 190-seat auditorium and his 12 lecture halls, as well as various seminar his rooms, laboratories, offices, classrooms and conference rooms. Gaia, named after the Greek goddess of the earth, is the second wooden structure designed for the campus by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Ito. The first is the sports hall "The Wave" completed in 2017. According to Ito, the purpose of using wood in these buildings was to give residents the feeling of being surrounded by trees.
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Laminated timber, also called laminated timber, was used for the beams and columns, and cross-laminated timber was used for the floor panels and awnings. These wooden elements are largely exposed throughout the building, visible both outdoors and indoors, and illuminated by large windows and skylights.
University lecture theatre

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