President Halimah Yacob presented the President*s Design Award (P*DA) 2020 at the Istana to 11 Designer and Design of the Year recipients for creating innovative and impactful solutions that address global and local issues such as ageing societies, under-served communities, climate change and sustainability. Jointly organised by the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the biennial award was given to two Designer of the Year and nine Design of the Year recipients who have contributed to economic, cultural and community transformation, raised quality of life, made ground-breaking achievements in design, and elevated Singapore on the world stage.

The Airmesh Pavilion sits atop a grassy knoll at Gardens by the Bay, and lights up in the evenings like a gem – a shining example of what the future of construction could be. As one of the world’s first fully functional 3D printed space frame structures, the pavilion was optimally configured with 216 bars and 54 bespoke nodes manufactured using additive 3D printing. Such precise customisation was achieved through a fully digital workflow, which resulted in a shorter construction time and no material wastage. AirMesh Pavilion is a model of how design can bring the built and natural environments together for a more sustainable tomorrow.

You can hear more from Assistant Professor Carlos Bañón in his interview for the award here.

Click here to go to the official P*DA website for the full list of this year’s winners, and here to view the project.