About the Singapore Pavilion
On March 25, Singapore unveiled the theme and design of the Singapore Pavilion for World Expo Shanghai 2010. The winning design “Urban Symphony” pays tribute to Singapore symbolizing its harmony of culture, progress and sustainability. Following the call for design submissions last year, Kay Ngee Tan Architects and partners were awarded lead architect for their winning concept.
The theme Urban Symphony (城市交响曲) was inspired by the harmony of unique elements in Singapore; progress and sustainability, urbanization and greenery, tradition and modernity and a cosmopolitan mix of residents of different races living peacefully together. The two environmental areas that Singapore has successfully tackled in balancing progress with sustainability – water and greenery – will form the softscape of the pavilion as its two design elements. The Singapore Pavilion will be located in Zone B, Oceania and Southeast Asia area, a site between Nanpu and Lupu bridges, along both sides of the Huangpu River. The 3,000 square-metre Singapore Pavilion will showcase Singapore’s achievements in sustainable development, its continuous drive to reinvent itself, its creativity and other lesser known aspects of Singapore beyond its economic success.
Lead architect Tan Kay Ngee（建筑师陈家毅） will be sharing on the concept and philosophy behind his winning design for the Singapore Pavilion. ——录自URA2008年5月28日讲座
About The Speaker
Mr Tan Kay Ngee is an award-winning architect. Graduated from the Architectural Association, London in 1984, he was the prize winner of RIBA students competition in 1985 and the London Royal Academy Young Designer Awards in 1987.
Kay Ngee Tan Architects was established first in London in 1990, and subsequently Singapore. The office has worked on numerous projects of various scales and types. It was selected to design the Commune by the Great Wall Houses in Beijing together with 11 other specially selected Asian Architects. The project has been publicised widely, and won the Venice Biennale Silver Award since.
The office again won the Singapore Management University competition (together with ECA London) in 2001, and showcased its work at the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2004. Currently working on projects in cities ranging from Tokyo to London, Istanbul to Singapore, Kay Ngee Tan Architects has just been awarded the prestigious Singapore Pavilion – World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Mr Tan has been writing for Lianhe Zaobao on Arts and Cities for many years. His latest volume of essays, “Magnetic Fields of Cities” was chosen by Yazhou Zhoukan (Asia Week) as Ten Best Books of 2008 – first Singaporean Recipient for the non-fiction category.