This Photogenic Artefact: a colourful talk on designing our spatial experiences


By Illuminate Lighting Design

Some say the closer a city to the equator, the more colourful the cities are. Certainly The Archifest Pavilion is a perfect embodiment of this. But when we dismantle this temporary structure, will Grey be back in business of being the most prominent shade?

We invite you to explore the role of colours in designing our surrounding environment and experiences. Are we afraid of applying colours to public spaces? Can colour be beneficial to decode our social interactions? What restorative properties does colour have for a city? How can colour be integrated to complement minimalist forms? These are some of the questions we'll explore at 'This Photogenic Artefact: A colourful talk on designing our spatial experiences".

Take a trip to the vibrant side of town and explore the ideas from those who shape our environments in colour!


From left: Simon Berry, Mike Lim, Ang Guo Zi, Steven Louie


Partner, Illuminate Lighting Design

A contrast to Simon's background in engineering, he believes that projects need to move away from the engineering side of lighting and dwell more into the heartfelt, soulful side of lighting. Based from Singapore, Simon and his team have worked on a number of projects that champions lighting as a way to connect beyond visual-aides.

For the Raffles Hotel in Istanbul, Simon and his team experimented with colour temperature in lighting as ways to help hotel and restaurant guests to relax and adjust their body clock with the local time. This is just one of the many examples where lighting can step out beyond the visual sphere into the experiential.

Currently, Illuminate is working on The Opus hotel by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, The Crescent Development in Azerbaijan and a lighting masterplan for a resort complex in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Simon started Illuminate in Singapore from a small team that has grown into over 40 designers globally.


Director, DP Design

With experience ranging from event and exhibition design, business administration to architecture, Mike Lim is now directing the concept design and design development of DP Design’s wide range of projects including commercial complexes, large condominiums, retail shops, restaurants and offices. Mike believes that the commitment to perfection permeates every facet of a designer’s life. Notably, he was the interior designer of The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall and prominent projects in Singapore such as Resorts World Sentosa and Paragon Shopping Centre. Mike has also undertaken numerous overseas projects and is currently working on Super Brand Mall (Shanghai), Deli Medan Mall (Indonesia), The Ambani Mall (Mumbai), Respublika Plaza Astana (Kazakhstan) and The Istanbul Mall (Turkey).

As the director of DP Design, his primary responsibility is the design and development of architectural interiors that tie in cohesively with the architectural language of each project. At DP Design, interior architects create environments that seamlessly integrate people, architecture, technology and the ultimate purpose of the space. Its designers endeavour to preserve and enhance the natural behaviour of a building, working with project-specific materials, lighting conditions and planning techniques. The culture at DP Design allows designers to work closely with the architects during building conception, playing a critical role in helping to layout and plan the overall building so as to express and achieve specific internal conditions.


Associate Director, DP Architects

One of the youngest Associate Directors in DPA, her projects include the redesign of her alma mater Raffles Girls’ Secondary for its future relocation to Braddell, the Royal Wharf apartment tower fronting the River Thames in east London, UK, and the lead designer of the Archifest Pavilion design team.

She enjoys the fact that her job requires a healthy dose of daydreaming and of ‘reading’ places, cities, their aspirations. She believes that imagination is still one of Man’s greatest tools and good architecture allows imagination to set its roots in reality, in people.

In fact the Archifest pavilion seeks to create a colourful, temporary realm into which one can wander to forget the urgency of city life, and for a moment - to daydream. Despite the idea of the pavilion being ‘This Photogenic Artefact’ it was crafted in such a way that exploring and experiencing the space in physical reality becomes important to understanding it rather than only experiencing it vicariously through photographs.


Senior Lecturer, School of Design, Temasek Polytechnic

Steven Louie has diversified experience in providing comprehensive solutions for strategic planning, design, and delivery of interior projects globally. His experience in the industry includes a span of more than forty years.

Prior to joining Temasek Polytechnic as Senior Lecturer, he was the Design Director of the Singaporean office of MMoser Associates. His extended responsibilities included business development, client account management, team leadership, branding, and conceptual designing.

Steven’s prior experience also included 28 years as Principal, and Design Director of Gensler. He led teams on major multi-national firms, such as Goldman Sachs, Becton Dickinson, and Zurich Insurance. During this time, he resided in Asia for 20 years, serving clients in Singapore, Shanghai, South Korea, Thailand, and Japan. Clients include CapitaLand, Athenee Plaza Hotel, and Siam Commercial Bank.

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A Fringe Event of Archifest 2016:

Archifest is an annual public festival for Singapore to celebrate architecture and the built environment, is organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, in partnership with Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects. 2016 sees the festival celebrating its 10th anniversary, which will be held from 23 September to 9 October 2016, at Raffles Place Park. The 2016 theme is titled “EXHALE”. Visit www.archifest.sg for more events.

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Raffles Place Station (EW14/NS26) Take Exit A or B, towards One Raffles Place/ Clifford Centre/ Chevron House/ Raffles Place Park. We are located right between Exits A & B.
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