Singapore’s innovative urban solutions will be presented on the global stage at the Expo 2020 Dubai where experts will unveil the country’s vision of shaping itself into a ‘liveable, sustainable and resilient city’ through smart integration of design, technology and nature.
Situated within the Sustainability District of the expo, the Singapore Pavilion will present a microcosm of the nation’s transformed landscape. Designed by Singapore-based architectural practice WOHA, the pavilion is currently in its final phase of construction and is scheduled to be completed by October.
The pavilion represents the nation’s efforts to be a City in Nature, and how this vision can also be realised anywhere through smart and sustainable urban solutions. This vision unfurls itself through the different spaces of the pavilion that visitors can explore.
Upon entering the Ground Garden, visitors will be welcomed by a garden landscape, with a phytoremediation pond nestled among a lush array of plants, trees, shrubs, including Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid.
As visitors make their way into the Singapore Pavilion, they will journey through three verdant thematic cones – Rainforest Cone, City Cone, and Flower Cone – each housing key exhibits that showcase Singapore’s transformational journey, solutions to urban issues, as well as efforts in creating a sustainable future for people.
The three cones are connected by a meandering, gently-sloping Canopy Walk capped with a hanging garden of draping vines, re-creating the atmosphere of the lush tropical urban landscape of Singapore.
The pavilion will profile the Asian country’s experience and expertise in developing and implementing urban innovations and showcase its continued commitment towards building a sustainable future.
The Singapore Pavilion showcases how the built environment can help to increase biodiversity, provide more space for trees and other greenery, and play a pivotal part in combating climate change, even in a desert environment. It also integrates landscaping into its design, showing that the built environment does not need to displace nature but can, in fact, co-exist with it. The regenerative design approach aims to repair and restore the ecosystem and biodiversity, and to create an environment in which humans can live harmoniously with nature.
The architecture combines technological and natural systems. Beyond facilitating the exchange of ideas and collaboration with partners around the world, the pavilion provides an inviting space for international visitors to learn more about Singapore’s multi-faceted offerings that spring from the various communities that call it home.
The Sky Market, an open platform located on the top floor of the pavilion, is a convivial area for visitors to learn more about the different facets of Singapore’s culture. It will house various programmes such as talks, workshops, and movie screenings for visitors to enjoy, and get a glimpse into Singapore’s social and cultural histories.