DP architects has unveiled its winning design of the official archifest 2016 pavilion in singapore. drawing inspiration from the festival’s theme of ‘exhale’, the design aims to re-examine the often breathless pace of life associated with a dense city. the gigantic, technicolor inhabitable sculpture plays on the interaction of primary colors which overlap to produce a vibrant secondary and tertiary colored spectrum, encouraging visitors to forget about the stresses city life and ‘exhale’.




composed entirely of construction site materials, DP architects seeks to playfully refresh the city by injecting vibrant swathes of color into the heart of the archifest. the pavilion’s character is built on nuance and mutability: colors fade, shift, saturate and interact as one moves in and around the space. the pavilion disrupts and revitalizes the muted palette of the landscape, inviting visitors to focus, reflect and appreciate their surroundings with a fresh eye. the installation aims to play on the human body’s natural response to color; people’s moods are influenced by different hues as the different wavelengths of color elicit not just psychological, but even physiological responses. gradations of light and color shift depending on viewpoint and focus, creating an intimate and visceral real-time relationship between the pavilion and its viewer.

the installation aims to play on human body’s natural reaction to color
images and video by teo zi tong



working closely together with contractor shanghai chong kee furniture & construction pte ltd, the pavilion was designed with a smart approach to zero waste. the steel scaffolding comes from the contractor’s existing stock and will be reused on other construction sites after the pavilion is dismantled, while the safety netting will have an afterlife in various construction sites after the festival ends.

the pavilion’s height and vibrancy are meant to stand in counterpoint to its surroundings



intended to provoke curiosity and interest, the pavilion’s height and vibrancy of color are meant to stand in counterpoint to its surroundings. raffles place is an urbanized environment: densely built, polished and monochromatic. in contrast, the pavilion is soft-edged, visually light, polychromatic, and ephemeral — with just a two week lifespan. the curtains are composed of multiple layers of netting to achieve overall density in color and form, while saturation is calibrated by the proximity between layers.


the archifest pavilion is installed at raffles place park and will be open to the public from 23 september to 9 october 2016. the two-week long event will be anchored at the pavilion, featuring exhibitions, conversations, architours and other fringe events.

the pavilion was designed with a smart approach to zero waste

the technicolor inhabitable urban sculpture plays on the interaction of colors to produce a vibrant presence

composed entirely of construction site materials, the design seeks to playfully refresh the city

the pavilion is further intended to provoke curiosity and interest

the installation is composed of multiple layers of netting to achieve overall density in color and form




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edited by: peter corboy | designboom




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