Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wolfgang Weileder: "Stilt House" hub to hub, Singapore ArchiFest 2011, Singapore

Wolfgang Weileder


Hub to Hub consists of 7 Multidisciplinary teams from Singapore and around the world, made up of architects, artists, designers, technologists and businessmen, are selected to participate in the Hub-to-Hub public art program. They will develop 7 temporary installations and provide alternative ideas of public spaces and programmes to enliven the City's urban and forgotten spaces in Bras Basah.Bugis - the Arts, Culture, Learning and Entertainment Hub of Singapore. These projects will animate the various chosen sites during the Singapore ArchiFest 2011, and demonstrate the ability of temporary interventions to act as agents to interrogate public space and present new possibilities for physical and programmatic use.

Date of Exhibition: 14 Oct to 4 Nov 2011
Venue of Exhibition: Bras Basah.Bugis



Prof Wolfgang Weileder (Art, UK), Prof Simon Guy (Architecture, UK), Oliver Heidrich (Recycling Technology, UK)


STILT HOUSE is a site-specific artwork consisting of two interconnected structures that are made from recycled plastic waste. Sited at Dhoby Ghaut Green, the architectural installation offers, through it's perforated black walls, an elevated and translucent perspective on the surrounding land and cityscape. By reinterpreting this traditional housing typology, that was originally made from sustainable local materials and was ecologically adapted to the specific climate and landscape, the STILT HOUSE encourages us to rethink our relationship with the environment we inhabit. It also confronts us with the debris of our consumer society in the unexpected form of an innovative building material that translates waste into new productive and aesthetic uses.


Jury Citations: The Malay stilt house typology is very interesting in terms of environmental sustainability. It is thus relevant to the local context, questioning our cultural and environmental awareness as there are not many stilt houses left in urbanised Singapore.