Singapore Built & Unbuilt showcases the ideas that shape our city at Venice Biennale

Aug 18, 2006

The Singapore Pavilion ‘Singapore Built & Unbuilt’ will be launched at the 10. International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia on 9th September 2006. It will feature 31 projects offering proposals of Singapore’s future, where each architecture project, whether built or unbuilt, is a paradigm for new Singapore architecture.

2. The featured projects are either upcoming projects or alternate possibilities drawn from three growth centres of Singapore architecture:

  1. Possibilities at Marina Bay includes the soon to be built Integrated Resort,Marina Bay Bridge and Gardens by the Bay.
  2. Perspectives of the City features new and evolving designs for the city centre, including proposals for the Museum MRT Station, Singapore Arts School and the Singapore Management University.
  3. Prototypes at one-north will present built and unbuilt proposals for the one-north Master Plan, condominium @ one-north and Fusionopolis I @ one-north.

3. Dr Milton Tan, Commissioner of the Singapore Pavilion commented, “Openness and sharing of ideas enables Singapore to benefit from the top architects, planners and designers. What is built is only part of the story. ‘Unbuilt’ ideas often challenge us to rethink visions that they embody and promote. In this sense, everything unbuilt is also knowledge and legacy. Nothing is ever wasted.”

4. These 31 projects are artistically laid out on an 80-metre-long ribbon of light boxes running contiguously through the rooms at the pavilion. This specially-designed installation is accompanied by seven architectural models and punctuated by ambient filmlets of city living, interviews and fly-throughs of projects. For details of the projects and architectural firms featured, refer to Appendix A.

5. Special Advisor, Mr Toyo Ito noted, “By analysing the proposed schemes by Singapore and international architects for competitions and projects, invaluable knowledge can be extracted, especially where learning can be distilled from constraints and opportunities relating to current conditions.”

6. The pavilion experience begins from the street with art installations of Singapore’s equatorial wildlife and fauna by installation artist Mr Terence Yeung. The natural backdrop for Singapore Architecture continues into the exhibition space, with an extensive video projection featuring Singapore’s nature and urban life, which forms the context of Singapore’s city in a garden. The filmwork in the Pavilion is created by production company Dream Forest.

7. The pavilion itself features Singapore design, with an elegant pavilion design and exhibition system created by Mr Sim Boon Yang of ECO.ID. Architects and Ms Lim Siew Hui of Designation. The lighting design is sponsored by FLOS, an international lighting solutions company based in Italy.

8. Singapore’s openness to design thought exchange is further articulated by the launch of an international design competition at the Singapore Pavilion on 7 September 2006, Art Seats International Design Competition organised by the Land Transport Authority.

9. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, Dr Tan Chin Nam said "Singapore will present a striking presentation of the reinvention of Singapore for a better tomorrow. This year's presentation is the result of the combined effort and dedication of the Commissioning Panel and Mr Toyo Ito, the Working Group and the Production team. It is well supported by Singapore Institute of Architects and the featured architecture firms which provided their best efforts to showcase Singapore architecture at an international event."

10. The opening ceremony of the Singapore Pavilion will be accompanied with an architecture forum chaired by Singapore Institute of Architects Council Member, Mr Tai Lee Siang, and featuring a panel of Singapore and international architects. Confirmed panelists include Mr Toyo Ito from Japan, Mr Richard Hassell and Ms Rita Soh, both from Singapore. The forum will focus on discussing issues arising from architectural competitions and open calls for proposals, and the way it transforms the city. The forum is co-organised by Singapore Institute of Architects and the DesignSingapore Council.

11. DesignSingapore Council, a division within the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (Singapore), is the organiser for the Singapore Pavilion in 2006. This presentation is supported by Urban Redevelopment Authority. Singapore is participating in the VBIAE for the second time. Please see Appendix B for members of the team. Mr Toyo Ito, one of the foremost architects and member of the International Advisory Panel of the DesignSingapore Council, is Special Advisor to the Singapore presentation.


18 August 2006

Note for Editors

About DesignSingapore Council

Design changes and improves lives, inspires creativity and new forms of expression. It also enhances business competitiveness in today’s crowded marketplace. DesignSingapore is Singapore’s response to these propositions and opportunities. As a national initiative, DesignSingapore aims to place Singapore on the world map for design creativity. It looks to developing a thriving, multi-disciplinary design cluster of industries and activities in Singapore that has relevance and impact globally. The initiative also aims to bring design to business boardrooms, new audiences and new markets.The DesignSingapore Council, set up since August 2003 by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, is the public organisation for promotion and development of Singapore design.

In 2005, the Council presented SINGAPOREdge featuring 100 Singapore design talents in London and launched the inaugural Singapore Design Festival with 134 events contributed by 88 partners. The Council has also taken Singapore design exhibitions to the 2004 Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial in 2005, World Expo 2005 at Aichi and, most recently, the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile in April 2006. Next on the agenda will be the Venice Biennale and London Design Festival in September 2006.

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Asst Manager, Design Promotion
DesignSingapore Council
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Featured Works

Perspectives of the City

1. Marina Line – Museum Station
Organiser: Land Transport Authority, Singapore Institute of Architects
Firms: WOHA Architects Pte Ltd (Singapore)
H.U.A.Y Architects (Singapore)
Geoff Malone International (Singapore) in association with Ian Ritchie
Architects (London),
Kovac Malone (Australia) and Unit 18 (Singapore/UK)

2. Singapore Management University
Organiser: Singapore Management University
Firm: KNTA Architects (Singapore)
Edward Cullinan Architects (UK)

3. Singapore Arts School
Organiser: Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts
Firms: WOHA Architects Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Architects 61 Pte Ltd (Singapore) with FJMT (Australia)
DP Architects Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Forum Architects (Singapore)
W Architects Pte (Singapore)

Possibilities at Marina Bay

4. Gardens by the Bay
Organiser: National Parks Board

5. Marina Bay Bridge
Organiser: Urban Redevelopment Authority
Firm: Cox Group Pte Ltd (Australia) with ARUP Pte Ltd (Australia) and
Architects 61 Pte Ltd (Singapore)

6. Marina Bay Integrated Resort
Organiser: Singapore Tourism Board
Firm: Moshe Safdie and Associates (USA) with Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Prototypes at one-north

7. one-north Master Plan
Organiser: JTC Corporation
Firms: Zaha Hadid Architects (UK)
Richard Rogers Partnership (UK)
Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects (Japan) with RSP Architects,
Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Ellerbe Beckett Architects (USA) (Competition finalist, not featured in exhibition)
Gensler (USA) (Competition finalist, not featured in exhibition)

8. Condominium @ one-north
Organiser: JTC Corporation
Firms: P & T Consultants Pte Ltd (Singapore)
aCTa International Pte Ltd (Singapore) and aKTa-rchitects (Singapore)
with Centrepoint (Singapore)
ADDP Architects (Singapore) with CDL (Singapore)
Architects Team 3 (Singapore) with Centrepoint (Singapore)
Axis Architects Planners (Singapore) with Centrepoint (Singapore)
DP Architects Pte Ltd (Singapore) with Centrepoint (Singapore)
Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects (Japan) with Wing Tai (Singapore) & NTUC (Singapore)

9. Republic Polytechnic Woodlands Campus (on LCD)
Organiser: Republic Polytechnic
Firms: DP Architects Pte Ltd (Singapore) and Maki and Associates (Japan)
Alfred Wong Partnership Pte Ltd (Singapore) and RMJM(S) Pte Ltd (Singapore)
CPG Consultants Pte Ltd (Singapore) and Perkins & Wills (USA)

10. Duxton Plain Public Housing (on LCD)
Organiser: Urban Redevelopment Authority
Firms: ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism (Singapore) with RSP Architects,
Planners and Engineers Pte Ltd (Singapore)
WOHA Architects Pte Ltd (Singapore)
RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers (Singapore) with BBBSA (Argentina)

11. Fusionopolis I @ one-north
Organiser: JTC Corporation
Firms: Kisho Kurokawa Associates, Architects (Japan)
Foster and Partners (UK)
Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (USA)


Singapore Pavilion

10. International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

Special Advisor: Mr Toyo Ito
Toyo Ito & Associates &
DesignSingapore International Advisor

Commissioner: Dr Milton Tan
DesignSingapore Council

Commissioning Panel
Mr Lucas Chow
Council Member, DesignSingapore Council &
Group CEO, MediaCorp

Mr Chua Beng Huat
Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Mr Geoffrey Eu
Freelance Writer

Mdm Fun Siew Leng
Director for Urban Planning & Design, Urban Redevelopment Authority

Mr Lee Tzu Yang
Chairman, Shell Companies in Singapore

Working Group

Mrs Yeo Piah Choo, Overall Project Director,
Deputy Director (Design Promotion), DesignSingapore

Mr Jacks Yeo, Project Consultant
Manager (Design Development), DesignSingapore

Ms Elaine Khoo, Project Manager
Assistant Manager (Design Promotion), DesignSingapore

Ms Eunice Hong, Marcomms Manager
Assistant Manager (Design Promotion), DesignSingapore

Mr Troels Bruun, Agent and Project Consultant in Venice
Articulate Communication, Public Relations Agency (UK)

Production Team

Mr Sim Boon Yang, Pavilion Architect
Dream Forest Productions

Mr Hanson Ho, Graphic Designer

Mr Terence Yeung, Installation Artist

Ms Lim Siew Hui, Space Designer
Designation Pte Ltd

Pico Art International, Exhibition Builder

Written on : 18 Aug 2006

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