SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory - The Future of Us Pavilion, inspirated by a walking under the foliage of lush trees in the tropics
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The Future of Us Pavilion, inspirated by a walking under the foliage of lush trees in the tropics

SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory

Culture  /  Completed
SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory

The inspiration for the Pavilion was the environmentally comfortable and visually beautiful experience of walking under the foliage of lush trees in the tropics. This idea was translated into a design with a clear mathematical logic that was determined by extensive environmental simulations and structural optimisations. The analyses and their application to a detailed computational model led to an optimum design solution for the structural form and pattern of the Pavilion.

Originally built to house The Future of Us, Singapore's fiftieth anniversary capstone event, and completed for its current purpose in 2020, the project has become a permanent landmark in Gardens by the Bay that continues to serve as a public space and venue for community and cultural events.

Located in Gardens by the Bay Singapore, The Future of Us Pavilion, follows the grand tradition of architectural structures that evoke a dialogue with nature by blending an intricate form made of a perforated skin fluidly with the adjacent environments. For visitors, the building offers a climatically comfortable outdoor environment and a visual experience akin to walking under the foliage of lush tropical trees.

The analysis and its application to a detailed computational model led to an optimum solution for the structural form and pattern of the project. The latter was produced with an algorithm based on triangulation, which allowed each panel to be filled as required by the assigned environmental performance. The use of advanced design and fabrication methods throughout the project allowed for material usage to be optimised, and the embodied carbon footprint minimised, pointing the way forward for the industry to adopt similar design tools and methods. Prizes: The Golden Pin Design Award 2020, iF Design Award 2021, The Architecture Community World Design Award 2021, Iconic Award: Innovative Architecture 2021, A' Design Platinum Award 2021, Australian Good Design Award 2022.

The Pavilion incorporates 11,000 unique perforated aluminium panels, 12,040 bolts, 11,188 plates, and 4,620 elements for the main structure. The shell that has a thickness of 20 centimetres. It spans about 50 metres and covers an area of about 2000 square metres. A high level of integration between digital and construction technologies as well as building processes allowed for the rapid production of a large number of individual elements that make up the complex freeform structure of the Pavilion. Its primary structure is made from steel. The inner and outer skin of the shell consist of triangular aluminium panels of varying size and perforation fabricated with laser cutting machines.

"The Pavilion is based on innovative ideas about how design can achieve excellent environmental performance. These are beautifully translated into a contemporary aesthetic and functional form that is determined by thorough environmental analyses. An enthralling vision for a garden of the future is thus encapsulated." (Tan Wee Kiat, former CEO of Gardens by the Bay Singapore)

Credits

 Singapore
 Singapore
 Ministry of National Development Singapore, Gardens by the Bay Singapore
 Public exhibition pavilion
 01/2020
 2000 mq
 Confidential
 SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory
 Thomas Schroepfer (Lead), Alex Cornelius, Aloysius Lian, Thomas Wortmann
 Pico Art International
 S.H. Ng Consultants, Passage Projects
 Protag Tetra
 Lim Weixiang, Koh Sze Kiat

Curriculum

The Advanced Architecture Laboratory (AAL) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design investigates the increasingly complex relationship between design and technology in architecture. Its research and design projects relate to advances in environmental strategies, building structure and form, performance and energy, computer simulation and modelling, digital fabrication and building processes. AAL’s projects have received prestigious awards and recognitions including the Singapore President*s Design Award, Singapore’s highest honour accorded to designers and designs across all disciplines, and have been exhibited at important national and international venues including the National Design Centre Singapore, the Venice Architecture Biennale, and the World Architecture Festival.


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