Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone
Wong Yunn Chii, Tomohisa Miyauchi, Teo Yee Chin, Liane Ee, with the support of the DesignSingapore Council of the Ministry of Communications and Information
Sale D’Armi, Arsenale
Responding to the exhibition theme ‘Reporting from the Front’, the Singapore pavilion focuses on the small battles fought at the home-front and on the connections between people and their spaces, rather than on buildings. ‘Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone’ goes beyond Singapore’s carefully planned infrastructure and its modern cityscape to put the spotlight on the people and their creative actions.
81 beautifully customised image lanterns will invite the visitors into the homes of ordinary Singaporeans living in public housing. Pictures will show how each family has created a space to call their own. The curatorial team has also selected an artefact from each family to demonstrate which actions they took to adopt their environment, such as mud-bricks made by the community for the walls of their new building. A small model of the block in which the interiors are sited will also be on display.
The curators are organizing a design forum to discuss the ‘battles’ that Asian cities have to contend with, namely, under the cover of high-density and speed of urbanization, the prospects for its people to have Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone.
“Responding to the primary theme of 15th International Architecture Exhibition, ‘Reporting from the Front’, Singapore’s presentation places the small ‘battles’ fought at the home-front. These efforts are contributing to the emergence of an invigorated Singapore. From within the comfort and the security of the domestic environments and public spaces that have been created over the past five decades, we are now pushing the home-front from within – to create more Space to Imagine, and Room for Everyone. “
Wong Yunn Chii, curator
More information on the Singapore pavilion and on the design forum can be found on the website Room for Everyone. More examples of housing in Singapore can be seen in the book ‘Emergent Architectural Territories in East Asian Cities‘ which includes architectural projects of curator Wong Yunn Chii and in the book ‘Vertical Cities Asia‘ from curator Tomohisa Miyauchi.
Review by The Venice Insider
The team of Singapore has used the majority of the huge room in the Sale d’Armi to hang 81 image lanterns. The pictures from the interior of public houses in Singapore make you feel you’re peeking through a chink in the curtains. You can see the family members sitting in their chair, eating, or looking back at you. Every 15 minutes, the surrounding light is turned off, which gives the whole room a magical glow. If you take your time to look at all the families, you will see the lights turn on and off a couple of times. The other parts of the exhibition are displayed against the walls, but are overpowered by the beauty of the lanterns and might not be looked at by everyone. Singapore is one of the 12 exhibitions which you should really visit at this Biennale.
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Click here to return to the overview of the other pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 or read my post What to expect from the 2016 Architecture Biennale.
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