The Future of Us Pavilion

The Future of Us Pavilion

SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory

Located in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, The Future of Us Pavilion follows the grand tradition of architectural structures that evoke a dialogue with nature by blending an intricate form with a perforated skin fluidly with the adjacent environments.[1]

For visitors, it offers a climatically comfortable outdoor environment and a stunning visual experience akin to walking under the foliage of lush tropical trees.

Originally built to house The Future of Us, Singapore’s 50th Anniversary capstone event, the Pavilion has since become a permanent landmark that continues to serve as a public asset and venue for important community and cultural events.[2]

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Advanced Architecture Laboratory (AAL) was commissioned to design this large-scale structural building envelope for The Future of Us exhibition in late 2014.

The exhibition calls on Singaporeans to share their hopes and dreams for themselves, their family and the nation, and to participate in steering the Singapore journey towards the future.

It is the capstone event to round up Singapore’s Golden Jubilee (SG50) year of celebrations and will be up for 100 days.

The light-filtering effect of the project is based on about 11,000 triangular aluminium panels of differing perforations that produce intricate geometric patterns of varying porosities.

The design employed state-of-the-art computational tools to analyse environmental data such as daylight factors and prevailing winds to provide a structural building skin that generates shading and visual effects reminiscent of a tropical forest.

Through parametric computational tools, this analysis provided automatic construction drawings taking into account steel structure and assembly tolerances. The roof structure spans about 40m and rises to about 16m with a structural depth of no more than 20cm.

Spatially, the project connects the various programmes of The Future of Us exhibition. It directs the visitors’ path and allows for views of the adjacent city and Gardens by the Bay.

The project reinvents the experience of a tropical space by providing a comfortable, unique, multi-sensorial and climatically appropriate experience to be enjoyed by everyone.

As with the majority from projects from AAL, The Future of Us Exhibition involved faculty, researchers, and students from the University’s Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar.

For the implementation of the project, the Lab worked closely with Pico Art International, the event management and planning company in charge of the overall The Future of Us exhibition, the structural consultants S.H. Ng and Passage Projects, as well as the building contractor Protag.[3]

  1. The Future of Us Pavilion / by SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory /
  2. The Future of Us Pavilion /
  3. ‘Future of Us’ Structural Building Envelope / SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory /