Advanced Architecture Laboratory participates in the Time Space Existence exhibition at Palazzo Bembo as part of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale .

The exhibition documents current developments and thoughts in architecture, highlighting fundamental questions by discussing the philosophical concepts Time, Space and Existence. It shows a large diversity of presentations (models, concepts, research results, dreams, hopes and ideas). All presentations are either site-specific, especially made for this exhibition or coming directly from the participating architects’ studios. SUTD’s contribution under the title “Investigations in Generative Aesthetics for Tropical Urban Living” is based on the Advanced Architecture Laboratory’s 2013 Singapore Institute of Architects award-winning project for Dhoby Ghaut Green, a public park in the heart of Singapore.

Dhoby Ghaut Green is a pavilion designed as a temporary outdoor recreational space, which reinvents the experience of a public place in Singapore by providing a comfortable, unique and multi-sensorial experience of the city to be enjoyed by everyone. It is designed with state-of-the-art computational simulation tools that analyze daylight factors and structural displacements to produce a building skin that responds to the lush foliage of the surrounding trees, pedestrian paths and urban views. It provides a naturally ventilated and shaded semi-outdoor space. The project uses minimal material to create optimal comfort for the tropical climate, producing an intricate pattern of varying porosity that complements and responds to the beautiful play of light and shade provided by nature.

The exhibition includes a video documentary of Advanced Architecture Laboratory’s design and research work leading to the project, a large 3d-printed 1:20 scale model and an approximately 4×3 meter built segment of the building made from 108 aluminium panels of varying sizes and geometries that were prototyped and fabricated with the help of faculty, researchers and students and subsequently shipped to Venice.

Time Space Existence is on display from 7 June to 23 November 2014.

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