Growing Reminiscence

The transformative potential of this pop-up installation of pursuance aims to etch into public consciousness that neglected sites, squares and parks have the potential to activate a range of different types of public spaces. The design demonstrates that the installations can be set up at the chosen site that seek to activate the potential of the public space, which can be shifted and unfolded around Singapore and in the global arena.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority advocates Our Favourite Place programme that supports projects initiated and implemented by the community to enliven public spaces across Singapore to build community interactions and create shared memories.

The site was chosen as it has good traffic flow and enjoys the convenience of having the Tanjong Pagar MRT station located right next to it. However, despite its good connectivity and location, the site is not utilised other than for he means of getting through. The project takes the local setting into consideration by capturing the flow of people through the site. This is done through the introduction of different intensities of spaces meant for the intensity range of various activities that is being catered for the people who would be passing through the area.

The main materials used are bamboo and plywood. The use of natural materials integrates the pavilion better into the site as it complements the surrounding natural elements. Bamboo is used for its structural strength, while plywood is used as a surface for people to draw on. The materials chosen can be locally sourced and are relatively inexpensive. The plywood used may even come from recycled elements to give it a rustic touch. Steel clamps are used to hold the pieces in place.

One constraint during the design stage was to ensure that the spaces provided would not seem too imposing or forceful. Instead, the aim is to create a space that is free and easy, making it relaxing and unrestrictive. The materials chosen are lightweight to give a sense of lightness and freedom. With the removal of certain planes and obstruction, it creates informal entries around the entire pavilion, giving more freedom to what the spaces can be used for. Another main constraint faced was the tight budget of SGD4,000. The problem was eventually solved by replacing the steel structural poles with bamboo and using recycled plywood instead.

Growing reminiscence is based on the programme of relaxing through happy memories of childhood and the idea of using lines and planes of swings to create high- and low-intensity spaces as per the user’s preference, as well as using natural materials and colours to blend in with the site and enhance the surrounding area.

Student Name: Simon Tan
School: School of Design & Environment, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Programme: Diploma in Sustainable Urban Design and Engineering (Architecture)
Supervisor: Alexis Chua
Project Name: Growing Reminiscence
Location: Tras Street, Singapore
Site Area: 60 square metres
Gross Floor Area: 60 square metres
Building Height: 7 metres
Design Studio: Primer Project
Images: Simon Tan