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The Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion, Singapore Design

A’ Design Awards & Competition Winner by SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory

16 Apr 2016

The Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion in Singapore

Design: SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory

Location: Singapore, South East Asia

The Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion

The Future of Us

Exhibition Pavilion

Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion

The Future of Us exhibition explores a new dialogue between architecture and nature for the tropics through the use of advanced design and fabrication. The light-filtering effect of the project is based on triangular aluminium panels of differing perforations that produce intricate geometric patterns of varying porosities. The design employed advanced computational tools to analyse environmental data to provide a structural building skin that generates shading reminiscent of a tropical forest.

Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Advanced Architecture Laboratory (AAL) was commissioned to design this large-scale exhibition pavilion for The Future of Us exhibition, the capstone event to round up Singapore’s Golden Jubilee (SG50) year of celebrations, in late 2014. The visitors of the exhibition experience a stunning play of light and shade cast by an intricate metal lattice, like a ‘walk in an imaginary forest’.

Parametric Design Tools (Rhino, Grasshopper, Python) Structural Design (Tekla) Advanced Laser Cutting Fabrication for Custom Aluminum Panels

Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion

This project discusses how algorithmic design can improve the collaboration between architectural consultants, structural consultants, and contractors. Specifically, it describes the design and construction process of a free-form, large scale envelope that, due to algorithmic precision, digital prefabrication, and intelligent sequencing, took less than six months from design to realization.

Here, we discuss the rationalization of the free-from shape into a geometry that, although complex, was achievable with traditional construction methods. We describe how a master model enabled close collaboration between the architectural and structural consultants, to the point that fabrication drawings for the structural steel and cut sheets for the cladding (consisting of 8.960 individually sized and patterned panels) could be created in parallel.

Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion

We detail the algorithm that generated these cut sheets from the master model and density requirements, taking potential clashes and deviations into account. Finally, we relate how the structural design allowed a fast and efficient sequencing of prefabricating and installing structural elements and cladding, and how automatically generated assembly drawings ensured a smooth cladding process with an exceedingly small number of errors.

This design and construction process resulted in a fully coordinated design that, despite its complex shape and cladding, was realized with high precision in an exceedingly short amount of time, employing both traditional construction methods and advanced, digital pre-fabrication.

The Future of Us Project Office, Ministry of National Development Singapore, S.H. Ng Consultants, Passage Projects, Pico Art International and Protag Tetra Group

Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion

Photos: Oddinary Studios

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The Future of Us Exhibition Pavilion by Sutd Advanced Architecture Laboratory is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2015 – 2016.

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Location: Advanced Architecture Laboratory, Singapore University of Technology and Design, 8 Somapah Road, Singapore 487372

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