Chapter3:Where the Flaneurs Drift

Flaneurs’ Pavillions – The final project documents markers of informal paths made by drifting. The temporality and fragile traces left behind by fellow flaneurs reveals opportunity for taking pauses to dwell whilst drifting, looking through the apertures (perspective) of fellow flaneurs. Paper-like pavilions plotted on these delicate markers amplifies the ephemeral spirit of Sengkang. Pavilions sway with the wind creating gentle rustles. Wind, Sunlight, Raindrops, and the Texture of the pavilion encompasses these floating pavilions; seemingly drifting reminiscent of the flaneurs. Everyday flaneurs like you and I can drift and dwell in Sengkang and its surprise-interventions.

1. Envisage of Drifters’ Pavilions

The open grass area is being dominated by HDB blocks that surrounds most of its circumference. The design intervention of Drifters’ Pavilions are light paper pavilions which are scattered around the neighbourhood. These pavilions are markers of informal paths made by drifting. It demarcates paths left behind by other flaneurs by collecting traces like empty wilted grass paths that flaneurs frequent more often. It also highlights the fact that flaneurs often explore the unbeaten path.

2. Envisage of Drifters’ Pavilions

The open grass area is being dominated by HDB blocks that surrounds most of its circumference. The design intervention of Drifters’ Pavilions are light paper pavilions which are scattered around the neighbourhood. These pavilions are markers of informal paths made by drifting. It demarcates paths left behind by other flaneurs by collecting traces like empty wilted grass paths that flaneurs frequent more often. It also highlights the fact that flaneurs often explore the unbeaten path.

3. Method of Revealing

These droplet-shaped pavilions are made of a translucent paper: namely Butter paper. The quality of the paper gives of a textured-grainy atmosphere which hugs the atmosphere. The perforations are elongated slits caused by the overlapping of the paper material. This layering structure allows light rays to pass through the paper and diffuses the interiors of the pavillions. The light quality also changes as the sunsets and rises throughout the day. The quality of the light in the interior of the pavilions depends on nature’s will; be it sunny or gloomy.

4. Temporality

5. Temporality

6. Day Envisage

7. Day Envisage

8. Night Envisage

9. Night Envisage

10. Drifters' Pavillion

The collage depicts the materiality existing in the site context from grass, concrete from the HDBs, the sky and the paper pavillions as emblems of “breathe”. To take breathes of fresh air in the city by our own choice is a subtle way of disrupting the power of dominance from the people in power, and society, dictating the way we walk, where we walk, where we cannot walk, what we wear and how we carry ourselves in society. This power disrupt briefly allows flaneurs to regain their rights to the city sparked by the Situationists’ Naked City (1957). Their freedom and will to take informal paths whilst drifting.

11. Drifters' Pavillion

The collage depicts the materiality existing in the site context from grass, concrete from the HDBs, the sky and the paper pavillions as emblems of “breathe”. To take breathes of fresh air in the city by our own choice is a subtle way of disrupting the power of dominance from the people in power, and society, dictating the way we walk, where we walk, where we cannot walk, what we wear and how we carry ourselves in society. This power disrupt briefly allows flaneurs to regain their rights to the city sparked by the Situationists’ Naked City (1957). Their freedom and will to take informal paths whilst drifting.

12. Drifters' Pavillion

Flaneurs dwell differently in different social settings. From being alone, to being with a partner or in a larger group. The proximity between people changed and we appropriate ourselves to the interior of the pavillions like the nucleus of the cell.

13. Drifters' Pavillion

The site where the drifting stops are clusters has a pre-school centre where children can be spotted running around often. Their bubbly presence while interacting with the movements of the pavillions displays playfulness. Besides the children, their teachers, parents and grandparents passes by the pavillions casually which is opportune for the positioning of the pavillions as they can cater for everyone.

14. Drifters' Pavillion

The pavillions cater to different dynamics of people at different times of the day. During peak hours, after work, office workers who are getting home can relish in the lightness and temporal atmosphere of the pavillion.

15. Artist's Impression of Drifters' Pavillions

The above are artist’s impressions of how drifters’ pavillions could look like an envisage of it. And how people from varied walks of life can interact freely with these paper pavilions at their will.

16. Artist's Impression of Drifters' Pavillions

17. Interior of Drifters' Pavillions

The scale of the pavillions are varied from larger pavillions to singular intimated pavillions which can cater to the comfortability and personal preferences of people. Above is a mid-sized pavilion which occupied by a family of five. Peeking through the layers of the pavillions and soaking up the sun peeking through the openings of the canopy of the pavilions.

18. Interior of Drifters' Pavillions

The pavilions dances with the wind. Wind escaping into the pavillion introduces airflow and breeze into the interior. This circulation of air creates rustles from the paper material. The lady in the photograph is taking a closer look at the paper material under sunlight and noticing the beauty of the uneven grains on the materiality of the paper.

19. Drifters' Pavillions

The floating pavillions suspended from various heights caters to people of different age group from children who are shorter to adults who needs a higher headspace. The pale yellow pavilions are happy surprises that comes and goes along the drifting paths where the flaneurs drift. Curious eyes catches the flaneurs during its drift and are welcome to join.

20. Drifters' Pavillions

The largest pavillions can house larger social groups in the neighbourhoods. The high headspace creates an atmosphere above the average height of people; creating a canopy of void which adds to the ephemeral spirit of the space. People can pick their own corners in this huge pavilion where they feel comfortable to dwell, at their own ease. From leaning on the edge, to standing or stretching. Everyone is welcome to dwell and drift along the drifting path and pausing inside the drifting pavillions; before continuing on their drift. This allows more room for the flaneurs to play in everyday Sengkang.