Client: National Heritage Board, National Design Center, AUX Media Group
Location: Singapore
Tags: #branding, #experimental, #artdirection


TERRARIUM is an immersive phygital exhibition that takes you into a garden like no other. As our encounters with nature change and expand in an increasingly hybridised world, TERRARIUM ponders how technology could blur the lines between what’s living and what’s truly alive. Reimagining plants in both 2D and 3D mediums, TERRARIUM reveals the future possibilities for nature and how it might evolve beyond what we are accustomed to.

The exhibition features projection mapping installations, paper sculptures and new media works created by AUX+Partners with content by local designers and artists Binary Style, PAPERSYNTHESIS and BIOS: Living NFTs. TERRARIUM is produced by AUX Media Group in partnership with SERIAL CO_ and co-presented by the National Heritage Board (NHB), the DesignSingapore Council and the National Design Centre.

TERRARIUM is part of Singapore Night Festival 2022 and was shown from 19 Aug to 27 Aug at National Design Centre.

Design Sypnosis

A glasshouse containing an ecosystem of design-driven, botanical and technological experiences. The essence of TERRARIUM stemmed from the context of the space and the playful interpretation of living, breathing microecosystems coexisting within a larger ecosystem; a gigantic Terrrarium. That gigantic Terrarium (National Design Centre) would be the basis and core of how the elements are shaped through refraction. As light bends around the space, viewers' perceptions of what is real and alive are warped and distorted.

The form and structure of the primary element is the National Design Centre building, recreated as a mid-fidelity 3D model from Rhino. The form is given a custom-made glass shader; tint, thickness and refraction levels adjustable. With the complexities of rendering glass and how the light hits the typography and refracts throughout a structure, the design went through multiple iterations to ensure there is a perfect balance of readability and conceptual aestheticism.