The Future of Us Pavilion | SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory | World Design Awards 2021

SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory: Winner of World Design Awards 2021. Located in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, The Future of Us Pavilion follows the grand tradition of architectural structures that evoke a dialogue with nature by blending an intricate form with a perforated skin fluidly with the adjacent environments. For visitors, it offers a climatically comfortable outdoor environment and a stunning visual experience akin to walking under the foliage of lush tropical trees. Originally built to house The Future of Us, Singapore’s 50th Anniversary capstone event, the Pavilion has since become a permanent landmark that continues to serve as a public asset and venue for important community and cultural events.

There is a clear mathematical logic to the design of the Pavilion that was determined by extensive environmental simulations and structural optimisations. The analyses and their application to a detailed computational model led to an optimum solution for its structural form and pattern. Material usage was optimised, and the embodied carbon footprint minimised, pointing the way forward for the building industry to adopt similar design tools and methods.

Project Details
SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory

Project Name
The Future of Us Pavilion

Thomas Schroepfer

World Design Awards Category
Public Building Built

Project Location

Alex Cornelius, Aloysius Lian, Thomas Wortmann, Amanda Yeo Qian Yu, Joel Yap Kar Ying, Yehezkiel Wiliardy Manik, Christyasto Priyonggo Pambudi


Photography ©Credit
©Lim Weixiang, Koh Sze Kiat

SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory

 The Advanced Architecture Laboratory (AAL) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design investigates the increasingly complex relationship between design and technology in architecture. Its research and design projects relate to advances in environmental strategies, building structure and form, performance and energy, computer simulation and modelling, digital fabrication and building processes. AAL’s projects have received prestigious awards and recognitions including the Singapore President*s Design Award, Singapore’s highest honour accorded to designers and designs across all disciplines, and have been exhibited at important international venues including the Venice Architecture Biennale and the World Architecture Festival.