A transparent cloud made of handcrafted acrylic knots

As part of Biennale Architettura 2018 in Venice, ‘No More Free Space?’ is the name of the Singapore Pavilion. The centrepiece is an interactive installation that looks like a transparent cloud, made from handcrafted acrylic knots.

The interactive installation is described as a transparent cloud and consists of handcrafted acrylic knots. The cloud is programmed to transmit light from above. The lights shift in colour and intensity to complement projected videos of Singapore’s built environment. In addition to light, the pavilion also transmits scents, sounds and images of Singapore. Scented, translucent ceramic end-pieces glow when they sense proximity, re-creating the experiences of Singapore for the audience

The ‘No More Free Space?’ exhibition tells the story of how, despite the lack of free space, Singapore-based architects and urban-planners creatively find ways to bring “delightful free spaces to the city’s everyday life”. It responds to Singapore’s unique environment: a densely populated, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic island city-state.

The Pavilion comprises 12 Singapore-based architecture projects, spanning residential, commercial, private and public buildings. Each project demonstrates how to turn constraints into opportunities for ‘free space’ by re-imagining what a highly compact city can be.

The Singapore Pavilion is commissioned by the Design Singapore Council (Dsg) of the Ministry of Communications and Information, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and curated by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in collaboration with the National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture (NUS).

You can visit Biennale Architettura 2018 until 25 November 2018. For more about this biennial event, click here.

Photos: Singapore Pavilion