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DP Architects celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. Founded in 1967, DP Architects evolved to the present as the heart of the DP group of companies
DPA is a home-grown architectural practice evolving in tandem with the building of nationhood since the independence of Singapore. Founded with a deep concern for the built environment and the desire to create architecture of excellence, DPA aims to enrich the human experience and spirit through its planning and architectural works.
Celebrating its 10th year in 2016, Archifest’s theme for this year ‘Exhale’ seeks to challenge the rapidity and density of activities that define our pace of life, weigh in on the state of Singapore’s built environment and breathe new life into it.
The winning design and two merit awards were chosen out of 25 submissions received, anonymously selected by a distinguished panel of four jury members representing Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) and International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).
Professor Richard Ho, chairman of the jury panel and Chair of Archifest 2016 Organising Committee said, “As with all architectural competitions organised by SIA, anonymity of the submissions were maintained. The quality of the submissions was high and many of the entries were very interesting, taking the issue of sustainability and recycling very seriously. Although the design quality of the pavilion and its expression of the theme ‘Exhale’ are foremost in our minds, we felt that the ability to execute and build it within such a tight budget and limited timeframe are important too. After extensive interviews of the shortlisted submissions, the winner was declared. We look forward with eager anticipation for the Pavilion to be realised.”
The winning design is selected to offer a respite from hectic city life and impressed the jury with its smart approach with zero waste. Composed entirely of construction site materials - safety netting suspended on a frame of steel scaffolding – the gigantic technicolour urban sculpture plays on the interaction of multiple primary colour layers that overlap to create a playful psychedelic pavilion.
“DP Architects is thrilled and honoured to be a part of this milestone year – the 10th anniversary of Archifest. Our firm was founded with the belief in enriching the human experience and spirit, it is thus befitting that this year’s Archifest theme ‘Exhale’ also embodies this same ethos – of breathing new life into the city’s public spaces in order to refresh and uplift its inhabitants,” said Mr Chin Thoe Chong, Director, DP Architects. “With RGB Pavilion, we envisaged an immense entity - a softly vibrant, luminous, quietly animated yet ethereal form that fills the space and draws people into itself. The pavilion’s character is built on nuance and mutability, it plays on the effect of primary colours which blend into secondary colours, colours that fade, shift, saturate and interact as one moves in and around the space with the sole purpose of making its visitors come alive.”
The public can look forward to the Archifest Pavilion as a physical manifestation of the theme ‘Exhale’ at Raffles Place Park from 23 September to 9 October 2016. The two-week long festival will be anchored at the Pavilion, featuring exhibitions, conversations, Architours and other fringe events. For more information, visit www.archifest.sg and get event updates at www.facebook.com/archifest.
Winner – RGB Pavilion by Team from DP Architects
RGB Pavilion is a gigantic, technicolour habitable urban sculpture that plays on the interaction of primary colours which overlap to produce a vibrant spectrum of secondary and tertiary colours that induces visitors to forget about the stressful city life and ‘Exhale’.
The Archifest pavilion at Raffles Place needs to contend with the unique challenges of the site. Dominated by a large clutch of some of the tallest buildings in Singapore and a cavalcade of podium facades, forms, shapes and people, it needs to plug itself into the urban fold seamlessly. It has to exert an adequate pull to passers-by into itself and offer to the visitors an alternative to its surroundings. It needs to be an easy fit when there are large crowds, accommodating many with ease yet quietly being when less frequented; to act as a foil against the intensity of the almost monochromatic solidity which is its immediate surroundings; a certain boldness yet softness, at night a lantern for Raffles Place. RGB Pavilion is the excellent resolution of these challenges. In RGB Pavilion’s complete encapsulation of the two lawns at Raffles Place Park and the introduction of a polychromatic character, it allows the extraction of the notion of ‘Exhale’ through an animation of relaxation, using the wind at a scale that will have urban impact. By encircling an immense space with a screen of diaphanous “fabric”, it holds out the promise of a subtle and calibrated development of what the jury sees as its key conceptual strength. It will become a splendid banner for the Festival, a place where colour, shade and density of a simple material can be curated for intent and be imbued with meaning." class="home-featured-project-item">