+Pavilion Story

Like most buildings, +Pavilion started as a conversation around construction: in May 2021, Haring Timber Technology received an invitation from the organizers of Archifest21 to educate their audience on sustainable and innovative wood construction and applications. They decided that this topic deserved to be expanded into a larger discourse on sustainable construction, and quickly assembled a team of like-minded partners, including Deloitte Center for the Edge, Affordable Abodes, and Studio SKLIM.

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.

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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.

To effectively reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, sustainability and circular design techniques must be key priorities, starting with building design and onto the construction process.
It is critical to shift towards modular construction, which allows builders to design and construct buildings or parts of buildings offsite, before assembling the building onsite.
To begin undoing the damage the construction sector has caused, we need to reevaluate the types of building materials being used, and switch to using sustainable and low-carbon alternatives.
Designing buildings that naturally complement their surrounding environment can create environments that can efficiently self-regulate, thus reducing the carbon output of building operations.
To avoid unnecessary construction, Instead of demolishing buildings that have outlived their original purposes, we should switch to adaptively reusing and repurposing them instead.
Sustainable financing – integrating ESG criteria into financial services and investment decisions – will positively influence the construction’s industry evolution towards sustainable practices.


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Duleesha Kulasooriya

Managing Director

Center for the Edge

Deloitte Southeast Asia