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​LKCMedicine's Clinical Sciences Building wins top interior design award

Published on: 18-May-2018

​The bespoke-built interiors of LKCMedicine’s Clinical Sciences Building are conducive and popular learning and working spaces. In 2016, CSB’s environmentally sustainable design was recognised with a Green Mark Platinum award under the BCA Green Mark Scheme. Now the building can add another feather to its cap: it beat stiff competition from other schools in Southeast Asia to win in the schools category of the BCI Asia Interior Design Awards 2018, the only project to be awarded for the design of its teaching and research facilities.

The team from DP Design, that developed the design under the close guidance of the School's Campus Development & Infrastructure Committee and infrastructure team, received the award at a ceremony on 4 May 20​18 held at the Conrad Centennial Singapore. The BCI Asia Interior Design Awards recognise great interior architectural designs that stand out aesthetically, functionally and ergonomically. Entries from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam competed for top honours in six categories – Food & Beverage, Schools, Residential, Hospitality, Retail and Workplace. 

Designs were evaluated using five equally weighted criteria, namely spatial design, comfort, aesthetics, innovation and realisation efficiency. CSB stood out to the judges with its four vertically connected and interrelated zones that “provide a creative and conducive environment for cross-disciplinary learning, knowledge exchange and skills acquisition”. 

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The Anatomy Learning Centre features 11 alcoves that radiate from a central teaching core.

Among the state-of-the-art teaching facilities are the Anatomy Learning Centre, which features 11 alcoves that radiate from a central teaching core, allowing students to work in large and small groups; the Centre for Clinical Simulation, which comprises the Communication Suite of 21 consultation rooms, the Practical Skills Lab and the four-bed Simulated Ward. In these realistic re-creations of hospital and clinical spaces, students practice the integration of the medical knowledge with clinical and communication skills; and the Learning Studio and Seminar Rooms, which were built to support the technology-enhanced Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach adopted by the School.

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The Learning Studio was built to support the TBL approach.

Commenting on the learning spaces, Class of 2020 student Nicolas Khairul Bureau said, “I enjoy having Team-Based Learning in the Learning Studio as it is spacious and constructive for discussion and teamwork. The surrounding view of Novena is also really nice to look at!”

Dr Ang Jia Wei, a member of LKCMedicine’s inaugural cohort who recently started work as a junior doctor, added, “The Practical Skills Lab and Simulated Ward, well-equipped with essential clinical materials and practice manikins, are great places where we can have more hands-on practice to gain confidence and competency in the important practical skills we need as a doctor.”

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The Simulated Ward serves as a realistic re-creation of a hospital space where students can practice the integration of the medical knowledge with clinical and communication skills.

But it is not just the teaching facilities that earned LKCMedicine this award. The design of its research laboratories was also recognised. The laboratories are designed in modular fashion with an ordered grid that allows flexibility in space planning. Spanning three floors the laboratories are joined through a triple-volume internal atrium space that serves as breakout area to encourage interaction and collaboration among researchers, enhance vertical mobility and provide visual connections between floors.

Professor of Metabolic Disease Walter Wahli, whose lab is in CSB, said, “The state-of-the-art laboratories radiate a pleasant and stimulating research atmosphere. Together with access to several technical platforms, they create an enabling environment for leading-edge pre-clinical and patient-oriented research.”​

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The research laboratories are designed in modular fashion with an ordered grid that allows flexibility in space planning.


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