Permanent and temporary architecture can act as a trigger for memory, opening up new interpretations of context, place and the past as well as pointing towards the future. The 'Future Memory Pavilion' was a project developed in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, and the Preservation of Monuments Board (Singapore), as part of a larger programme of events entitled Future Memory in Singapore.
The pavilion was designed by Pernilla Ohrstedt and Asif Khan, two rising stars of British architecture, and was installed outside the National Museum of Singapore as part of Singapore’s annual architecture festival ArchiFest in October 2011.
This project seeked to directly initiate and explore a discussion about memory; its connotations and implications for art, architecture and urban space. Dealing with the issues of land and climate, which lie at the heart of Singapore’s heritage, Khan and Ohrstedt created a structure made from ice and sand that mutated during the lifespan of the project. Historically ice and sand have been imported to Singapore for cooling and for expanding the island. The pavilion and its associated events programme explored this history and asked questions about the future of development in the city.