The IDC Space is a new showcase space redesigned for the International Design Centre, part of the Dover Campus of the Singapore University of Technology and Design. The purpose of the new space is to prove a unique environment for showcasing some of the most exciting on-going IDC design research work. The project was awarded the 2014 INSIDE Festival Award in the Display category.
The 13m x 16m space incorporates an office/desk-space component, a small prototyping lab, as well as an exhibition gallery featuring a show-stopping illuminated-ceiling installation. The installation is made of almost 6000 custom designed lighting and display components, creating a jaw-dropping experience.
The Light fixtures are based on patent-pending SUTD/IDC design developed for the project using low power, heat emission, and cost LED elements housed in a bespoke-manufactured high-performance refractive lens enclosure. The fixtures, namely Light Hangers, are made of injection moulded polycarbonate composed of tubular bodies and pairs of attachment sockets. Inserting or removing an end-socket allows one to control light intensity while the fixture’s geometry provides connection points for one to hang and display objects.
The three dimensional installation offers a shadow-free environment, ideal for IDC research activities and exhibition functions. The space was designed to offer quick reconfigurations for a variety of uses. Connector sockets integrated in each ceiling fixture allow for new suspending partitions, posters, exhibition objects, or even shelving units. ‘The entire ceiling acts as a system of dense spatial connections inducing new ways of occupancy and types of connectivity.’
Design: Singapore University of Technology and Design
*All images and information courtesy of INSIDE Festival.