Winning Design for SIA-LES Archifest Pavilion Design Competition 2020


Dear Members,

The Institute is delighted to announce that ADDP Architects will be presenting the winning design for the festival’s highly anticipated Pavilion taking place from 25 September to 31 October. An anchor event space at the URA, the temporary structure will serve as a common space accessible and enjoyed by everyone.

Special Mentions:
– Hidden in Plain Sight by Zarch Collaboratives
– A Depository for Ideas by Tat Architects in collaboration with Formspace Architects

Learn more about our SIA-LES Archifest Pavilion Partner's Technology

Light Emitting Surfaces (LES) is the innovative light print technology on glass. It is the only weatherproof building material with a uniform diffusion of light that mimics the moonshine. With the cool ambient luminescence LES allows to create a harmonious and peaceful environment lighting that does not invade its surrounding.

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Jury Citations for Singapore Archifest 2020 Pavilion Design

One Winner and two Special Mentions were selected as a reflection of diverse approach in tackling global and local issues, such as material lifecycle, marginalised community, and social cohesion. The jury recommend to showcase all submitted entries, to honour the contributions of the participants as well as the resilience of the architecture fraternity during this period of crisis.

SIA-LES Archifest Pavilion - Reclaiming Connectivity

Reclaiming Connectivity stands out from the other entries as it responds to the 2020 Singapore Archifest’s theme in a multi-layered manner, yet with a simple and subtle design, offering the potential for much deeper discussions for the festival.

The design emphasizes public space as an innate human need for connectivity and therefore challenges the current reaction of cultivating privacy through social distancing. By re-interpreting the traditional architectural order into a contemporary, open, free plan, Reclaiming Connectivity seeks to bring forth an inherent order to the presently chaotic world, and to connect individual with the surroundings through porosity while maintaining safety. With a clear expression of structure and a human scale that brings a touch of intimacy to the atrium, the design is in line with the Singapore Archifest’s theme, reflecting a fine example of a humble architecture and the quality of its spatial experience.

In addition, the sensitive and proportionate use of glass, sustainable wood and abstract photography is a refreshing connection between the old and the new, between traditional material and new technology, between artificial and nature and thus a combination that presents a harmony with the space. The design highlights the appreciation of illumination through the use of photography print on LES glass, seeking to bring people together by achieving a level of transparency while maintaining safe separation. Modularity allows a high level of the flexibility for the pavilion to adapt to another context and venue. The design coordination to optimise packing, transportation, and finally reassembling in Singapore, also reflects the idea of connection across nations, across industries, and across technologies.

The pavilion invites the visitors to take a stroll in the sanctuary, suggesting a journey that feels almost like healing, a journey that both we and our world needs. Our world is at the moment fractured, fragmented, and antisocial. The pavilion responds to the festival’s theme by calling for connection, for that sociality to be brought back into architecture, to heal and to save our world.