The Singapore Pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai is located in the Sustainability District and brings an oasis of lush trees, verdant shrubs and vibrant orchids to the desert. With its theme of ‘Nature, Nurture, Future’, it encapsulates Singapore’s story of overcoming its physical limitations as a small island city-state and adapting itself to become a liveable and biophilic city of the future.
The Pavilion integrates abundant landscaping into its design, showing that the built environment can help to intensify nature in an urban setting. Buildingslike this prototype can help to increase biodiversity by…
The Landscape Consultant's View:
Singapore, a unique city state within the surrounding of an equatorial rainforest, is also known for being the capital city for vertical green, where lush greenery is lifted up together with sprouting tall buildings. Themed as “Nature, Nurture Future”, the Singapore Pavilion portrays a resilient character of zero water and zero energy, showcasing a culture of bio-climatic design based on Singapore’s long experience of integrating nature into design and function of manmade structures. As Singapore is striving to transform into a city in nature, the engagement with her people in applying biophilia city design, as…
The Landscape Consultant's View:
Singapore, a unique city state within the surrounding of an equatorial rainforest, is also known for being the capital city for vertical green, where lush greenery is lifted up together with sprouting tall buildings. Themed as “Nature, Nurture Future”, the Singapore Pavilion portrays a resilient character of zero water and zero energy, showcasing a culture of bio-climatic design based on Singapore’s long experience of integrating nature into design and function of manmade structures. As Singapore is striving to transform into a city in nature, the engagement with her people in applying biophilia city design, as well as in combating with the planetary environmental crisis, are imminent moves.
In collaboration with WOHA, the Singapore pavilion is a typology and a catalyst in expressing the issues of both climate and ecology. The pavilion is designed with three cone-shaped-steel structures cladded with greens, fusing abstract geometries among lush foliage. A micro-climate is designed with engagement of renewable energy technology, enabling the pavilion to endeavour a self-sustainable ecosystem. A holobiont cyborg it is.
The delay from covid had allowed Salad Dressing to do beyond a predetermined job scope of a landscape architect. There was also the intention to express the current period of digital machine beings, and incorporating the meeting of digital ecosystem with our “natural” ecosystem in the pavilion.
Threeprototype-robots have been designed and curated to be moving around the vertical topography of the pavilion. The robots will be devotedly learning from the data to be collected on nurturing the plants throughout the six months event. The robot will convey the mixed emotions of the plants to the visitors. The robot’s empirical accounts are then concluded in the data galleria, as a recollection of one’s individual impact onto the balanced, yet fragile ecosystem.The generative and participatory design of the art and game is premised on the idea that we are participants in our environment and that positive change in the health of our planet requires individual action and collective effort. They reflect a future in which machine, human, and nature, in enabling each other, co-exist and co-evolve.
Inside the cones are spaces that compacts and amplifies visitors’ experiences into a myriad of sensual participation.We designed together with WOHA such that the pavilion is a labyrinth of dimensions, and some are illusions. We echo this through the contents. Using mechanics and digital to further distort the space an experience. Each distortion as a content is further expressing the current flux of humanity in this Post-Anthropocene beginning. The rainforest cone features the rich bio-diversified natural heritage of Singapore, with a forest of native species thriving under a precise temperature, humidity and irrigation control. Models of Dipterocarps seed will spin down through a texture of deep mist and rainbow into a forest floor where giant carbon storage to be tree saplings burgeon.
The flower cone is an anticipation of co-evolution among nature, human & technology in conjunction. Four terrariums suspended in the darkness with native orchid species within. These contained spheres form a dialogue or a debate with the backdrop of methodical selected preened orchids arranged in a coiling composition behind. Both the hybrids (product created by humanity evolution); and species (product of it’s own natural evolution) are performing the basic “functions” of a life - breathing, transpiration, photosynthesis, responding to the surrounding. The hypnotic whirling of water within the orbital shakers within the dichroic terrariums of the orchid room of suggests that there is a young orchid life source within. This is the reward of sharing water with other lives by not being hedonistic about comfort in life.
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|Location||Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Year||Build completed in the year 2021|
|Tags||Pavillion, Expo 2020, Expo 2020 Dubai, Singapore Pavilion|
|Design Architect & Creative Lead||WOHA Architects|
|Clients||Radius Experiential International|
|Landscape Consultant||Salad Dressing Landscape Architects|
|Structural Consultant||Web Structures|
|ESD Consultant||Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH|
|Lighting Consultant||Light Collab LLP|
|M&E Engineer||CKR Consulting Engineers|
|Structural Engineer||ASG Engineering Consultants|
|Main Contractor||Evan-Lim Penta Construction Co. LLC|
|Softscape Contractor||Marmara International Landscaping L.L.C|
|Softscape Contractor||Proscape LLC|