MINDS Towner Gardens School
Client: Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
Area: 4,779 sq m
Gardens School designed as the pioneer purpose-built school for special
education for MINDS. It was their first school tailored for the special
curriculum, activities and needs of the intellectually disabled.
The design uses a structural grid of 6m x 10m with the allowance of a 3.5m
wide passageway. The classroom module is 39 sq m. Two normal
classrooms are combined to form a classroom of approximately 80 sq m with
operable wall partitions to allow for flexible classroom accommodation.
The school comprises a 3-storey main building which encloses a central
assembly courtyard. On the West, one arm forms an extended wing which
connects to a high ceiling, single storey, School Hall. Another activity
court with a nursery playground is formed between the School Hall and the main
The project was honoured with an SIA-Handicapped Welfare Association Award
for Handicap-Friendly Buildings and the 3rd SIA-ICI Dulux Colour Awards Merit
Certificate, both in 1998.
Yeong Weng Fai
Vikas M Gore