The Future of Us (Exhibition Pavilion) by Advanced Architecture Laboratory -
2015 - 2016, Platinum A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
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.
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’.
Design Challenges
From a structural point of view, the project redefined the notion of simplicity by expressing a free-form geometry in a structural language of basic and established construction methods. The efficiency of these, also evident in the installation of the cladding, was enabled by an algorithmic approach that covered the triangulated structural design and the coordination , generation, and installation of the cladding. The coordination via a light-weight, platform-independent master model enabled an efficient and precise coordination between structural and architectural consultants and resulted in a clear set of assembly documents. The coordination process integrated tolerances and deviations into the detail design and reduced exceptions to a small number, while disavowing the larger effort of eliminating them entirely. The tight coordination between architectural, structural consultants and builder, combined with the phased “just-in-time” prefabrication and assembly process, allowed the realization of the project to specification and in just nine months.
Production Technology
Parametric Design Tools (Rhino, Grasshopper, Python) Structural Design (Tekla) Advanced Laser Cutting Fabrication for Custom Aluminum Panels
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