Leading up to Archifest21, they were soon joined by the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore, Hilti Construction, and EHL Campus (Singapore). The Embassy of Switzerland suggested that the team gather feedback to conceptualize the +Pavilion project, with the goal to present the project as part of the Swiss Weeks in Spring 2022. To officially kick-start +Pavilion, the team organized a workshop on innovative sustainable design solutions in conjunction with Archifest21, inviting the public and potential partners to join this bottom-up initiative. The initial design and concept of the +Pavilion around sustainable materials in building and construction was very well received, and inputs from the workshop participants were crucial for the next stage of the project.
Over the next half a year, this +Pavilion team found that they were not the only organizations interested in promoting sustainable built environment; Vitra, Nespresso and key partner, UBS, also came on board. This coalition of partners — large and small, private and non-profit — then put their minds and hands together to create the +Pavilion you see before you, which the Marina Barrage (under PUB Singapore) graciously agreed to host as their first big event since the Covid-19 pandemic. By harnessing a diverse pool of resources and talents to address sustainable goals, the organizers of +Pavilion are offering both a sustainable vision for the future, as well as the critical steps that we need to take now to leave a better planet for generations to come.
+Pavilion symbolizes the ‘sum of parts’ approach that is needed to tackle climate change as a whole: starting small, coming together as an ecosystem, and collaborating to turn ideas into reality. This project is just the beginning of something bigger, a showcase of our hopes to transform the way we build.
Why Build Different?
As cities continue to emerge and expand, the world is at a tipping point – the current ways of production and consumption are putting an unsustainable strain on the natural resources, temperature and biodiversity of this planet.
The +Pavilion exhibition seeks to unpack what a sustainable built environment entails, and how thoughtful design can ensure that buildings serve its community’s needs in an enduring yet everchanging fashion.
It illustrates what is waiting in the wings, poised to build a better and greener future. As we confront the growing effects of climate change, we hope that the +Pavilion represents the best of human creation: breathing life into our buildings through alternative approaches, the use of local and emerging Earth-friendly materials, and designing for both the present and future.