Is there no more free space in Singapore?

Is there no more free space in Singapore?

720 km2 represent

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Singapore Pavilion,
16th International Architecture Exhibition,
La Biennale di Venezia

The Singapore Pavilion’s ‘No More Free Space?’ opens at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

This little red dot isn't that small after all. For its sixth showing at the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, the Singapore Pavilion took up the challenge of presenting a work that's aligned with the theme, 'Freespace', conceptualised by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Commissioned by the DesignSingapore and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and curated by the Singapore University of Technology and Design in collaboration with the National University of Singapore's Department of Architecture, the exhibition features 12 Singapore-based projects that defy the problems this small state might face.

The centrepiece itself is a visual spectacle, comprising of handcrafted acrylic knots that make up an ethereal cloud. The multi-sensory installation represents how broad the mind can be when it's in the process of ideation and the endless possibilities that surround a space that's 400 times smaller than the size of Italy. Singapore projects featured include Khoo Teck Puat Hospital's integration of a pond into hospital design, the restoration of an old book store into a residential in Lucky Shophouse and the transformation of a storm water canal into a free- flowing river at Bishan - Ang Mo Kio Park. 

No More Free Space Singapore

Till 25 November at Sale d'Armi, Arsenale. For more information on the Singapore Pavilion, click here.