‘pondering days’

Using a ‘missed opportunity’ typology found in Singapore’s urban space, the project aims to create an experiential space design to revalue such insignificant spaces by ‘activating’ it.

If the architecture or urban qualities cannot be autonomous and can only exist as relationships, then how are the relationships to be designed?

‘pondering days’

In my pondering,
chasing rainy days that are, simply temporal.

Under the esplanade bridge, a performance is screened, but only activated by rain. From this simple and humble gesture, a new landscape amplifier is born. Neither closed nor completely open, it is a space in itself but it is part of its environment at the same time. Inside, rain becomes the protagonist of the performance while light supports it. The space sanctifies a small portion of the urban landscape but respectfully deny its confinement. Thus, the concepts of interior and exterior, in a diffuse and ambiguous spatial experience. Light enters through the opening. Inside it, we ponder, chase after rain and finds shelter and protection. ‘Pondering days’ coexists harmoniously with the urban interiors, letting in winds.

In some way, there is a reminiscence of the most prim- itive of architectures. One that reunites humans, urban landscape, and matter of earth.

CURATORIAL STRATEGY

Spaces like that are cavity-like; we question to occupy them or not. Utilization of space in Singapore sometimes demands to not let things go to waste. How much is enough, and when do we not overdo it? How can we value the emptiness of such missed opportunity spaces? What cues can we space designers take from the site to value our designs? How can we create an intimate space, be isolate while celebrating the uncontrolled elements of nature?

UNDER ESPLANADE BRIDGE

The cavity-like space under esplanade bridge fits a missed opportunity space. The opening in-between the highway allows rain to pass through, keeps the space under well-ventilated, and gives a good source for natural lighting. However it is an urban interior typology that will not even be considered for space-making. To occupy or not? What does the occupation means in an interior design realm.

RAIN AS THE PROTAGONIST

Respecting the site’s qualities; On rainy days, the scenery is different from the usual. Rain becomes the dramatic protagonist of the performance. In an urban scale, rain is miniscule: like walls and partitions of a building to create rooms. Rain can create small spaces amid the bigger space of the urban interior.

DIAGRAMMATIC OF RAIN

Whereever rain come from, little puddles of water are formed. These puddles were the initial inspiration for the intervention. The shallow pond on the ground resulted from a natural sighting achieved an unformatted space for users to embrace the quality of water.

RAIN AND LIGHT

Rain, is uncontrolled. By covering up the opening on the roof, it controls the uncontrolled conditions of rain. Rain as a subject is curated in the space. Water trinkles, flows down by drop. By roughening the texture, it amplifies rain. Rain then makes noise, jumps up and down, and becomes the supporting actor of the performance. On a non-rainy day, the show goes on. Rain steps away from the show while light supports the act. Using light as a tangent condition, the effects of rain is replicated and cascaded it on the site. Light and rain work hand-in-hand in this performance.

'PONDERING DAYS'

In my pondering, chasing rainy days that are, simply temporal.

'pondering days'; rain model 1:50

PONDERING DETAIL

Like a landscape amplifier, the experiential design under esplanade bridge is amplify the natural occurrences observed. In order to ‘perform’ the design outcome without defunctioning what is established, I knew I had to be sensitive with the activities at sight: passing by humans, cyclists, runners or merely people gathering in the space. The tangent pond stretched over a few metres, is detailed down to the 10mm. The detail is almost negligible, but yet makes the space when activated by rain.

INTERIOR EXPERIENCE

Under the esplanade bridge, a performance is screened, but only activated by rain. From this simple and humble gesture, a new landscape amplifier is born. Neither closed nor completely open, it is a space in itself but it is part of its environment at the same time. Inside, rain becomes the protagonist of the performance while light supports it. The space sanctifies a small portion of the urban landscape but respectfully deny its confinement. Thus, the concepts of interior and exterior, in a diffuse and ambiguous spatial experience. Light enters through the opening. Inside it, we ponder, chase after rain and finds shelter and protection. ‘Pondering days’ coexists harmoniously with the urban interiors, letting in winds. In some way, there is a reminiscence of the most prim- itive of architectures. One that reunites humans, urban landscape, and matter of earth.