SUTD, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture (NUS) is curating the Singapore Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.
Commissioned by the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) of the Ministry of Communications and Information, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Singapore Pavilion asks if there is indeed No More Free Space? in the island state, in response to the overarching theme Freespace conceptualised by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.
No More Free Space? tells the story of how, despite the lack of free space, Singapore-based architects, urban planners and place-makers have creatively found ways to bring delightful free spaces to the city’s everyday life.
The exhibition features 12 Singapore-based projects that showcase the resourcefulness of the architects, their inspirations and the realisation of ideas, while borrowing natural resources such as light, air, greenery and water.
The Pavilion’s centrepiece features an immersive installation, an ethereal cloud made of skillfully handcrafted acrylic knots gently suspended in the vast spaces of the Sale d’Armi – a venue provided by the National Arts Council. Complete with a multi-sensory projection of lights, sounds and images of Singapore, the pavilion invites visitors to immerse themselves in the spaces within the cloud and enjoy the multi-sensorial installation.
The exhibition will run from 26 May to 25 November in Venice, Italy. The presentation will be restaged in Singapore in 2019.
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