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Jointly organized by Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA), Archifest 2016 returns from 23 September to 9 October 2016 with a Pavilion, designed with the theme “Exhale”. The annual architecture festival not only celebrates Singapore’s urban environment but also sets the stage for a wider discussion about our city, spaces and life.

From exhibitions, conversations, workshops, markets to architecture tours, the Archifest Pavilion @ Raffles Place Park will host an exciting program that is diverse, informative, thought-provoking and fun. Celebrating its 10th edition, Archifest’s theme for this year ‘Exhale’ seeks to challenge the rapidity and density of activities that define our pace of life, weigh in on the state of Singapore’s built environment and breathe new life into it.

The festival will be bringing back the popular Archifest Pavilion, after a hiatus last year. The winning pavilion design by a team from DP Architects is composed entirely of construction site materials – safety netting suspended on a frame of steel scaffolding.

The gigantic Technicolor urban sculpture plays on the interaction of multiple primary colour layers that overlap to create a playful pavilion, offering a respite from the hectic city life right in the centre of the Central Business District. Professor Richard Ho, Chair of Archifest 2016 Organizing Committee said, “One of the primary aims of Archifest is to make architecture more accessible and engaging to everyone.

Offering a unique and multi – sensorial experience of the city in the spirit of ‘Exhale’ this year, the psychedelic Archifest Pavilion is set to inspire more people to recognize the profound impact that design and the built environment have on the vitality of the city and our lives.”

With a line-up of more than 30 events, Archifest 2016 will feature activities for everybody. Highlights include exhibitions featuring winners of SIA Architectural Design Awards and SILA Student Design Awards; lunchtime architecture studio sessions City-Studio; specially curated Architours to explore Singapore’s hidden architectural gems; weekend Barter Market to trade good vibes; SG Farm for a dose of urban farming in the city; a Pop-up Library to borrow and exchange your favorite reads; interactive event #FlipTable to release your work stress; parent-children design workshop by ArKIDecture; as well as several Conversations with creatives sharing their inspirations and projects.

Architects: DP Architects
Photography: Teo Zi Tong

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