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Singapore's Stunning Digital Cloud Skyscraper

by , 03/31/09
filed under: Architecture, Daylighting

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This incredible pixelated skyscraper by Singapore-based Design Act was a finalist in a competition to design a pavilion for the World Expo 2010. Entitled “My Dream, Our Vision”, the project uses permutated cubes to generate a spectacular modular sculpture that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Singapore as an efficient, dynamic, cosmopolitan, and forward-looking nation.

design act, my dream our vision, sustainable architecture, pixel building, green building, sustainable design, singapore architecture, digital cloud skyscraper, modular architecture

Simultaneously futuristic and traditional, the Singapore spirit 新 (xin, mandarin word for “new”) serves as a key metaphor for Design Act‘s entry, which envisions Singapore as a progressive, re-inventive and innovative place.

The pavilion takes the form of an illuminated digital cloud hovering over an ever-changing “green” pasture. It invites you to enter a dark underground space with audio feeds alluding to the background services which serve the city, and catapults you into the bright and white digital cloud, where you are encouraged to post your dreams. Made of 3866 cubes of modular sizes with varying levels of transparency, the pavilion makes excellent use of natural light and is strategically sloped at the base to give visitors full view of the sights on display.

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12 Comments

  1. shani May 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

    its really awesome design i don’t believe it…love it very much..

  2. Guanaco April 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Minecraft

  3. momatemple January 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

    ONE OF THE MOST AWE INSPIRED PIECES OF ART WORK I HAVE EVER SEEN. SIMPLY BREATH TAKING!!!

  4. nikila November 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

    brilliant……very difficult to design and construct such a buildin……only the architect knows the value of hardwork…really innovative

  5. BIG Designs a Pixelated... July 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    [...] of an 82,000 sq meter site in Taiwan. The design process for the residential complex envisioned a series of boxes stacked upon one another, leaving gaps between each box to let in light and encourage natural ventilation. BIG first stacked [...]

  6. lidia November 11, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    great structure. i like it

  7. saaan July 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    apparently people who designed this failed to consider how HOT singapore’s weather is…..all that glass? phew. but it still looks awesome. :)

  8. jamessparkes April 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Amazing design and will be an attention getter for Singapore at the Shanghai World Expo and isn\’t that what it\’s all about, \”Getting visitors attention?\”
    But does it do anything other than gain attention? What does this type of design add to greening?
    Wish all concerned good fortune and keep the \”off the wall\” ideas coming, otther designs I\’ve seen for the Expo are boring.

  9. trinicherry April 3, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Great out of the box thinking. I love it

  10. davidwayneosedach April 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    How innovative! . It’s futuristic design will probably be in vogue before the end of the century. Sprinkle in a few of these novel buildings now for good luck.

  11. K Will April 1, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I’m torn. It’s either disgusting or the most beautiful building ever invented. At least it’s not another supertall skyscraper, ala the ugly Burj, Chicago Spire, or the presumably brutal Seoul monstrosity (http://www.sceneadvisor.com/todays-headlines/seoul-to-build-worlds-second-tallest-building-11398.html).

  12. therealog March 31, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    that’s really ugly!

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