Global experiential designers MET Studio are set to create two landmark projects internationally: Expo 2020’s ground-breaking Mobility Pavilion and From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience.
Running until January 2020, From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience – a close partnership with the Singapore Bicentennial Office, takes visitors on a 45-minute, multi-sensual journey charting Singapore’s evolution through the ages.
MET Studio are ‘designers and storytellers’ with work that includes Hong Kong’s Iconic wetland park, immersive and interactive brand experiences for the likes of Samsung and Manchester United and museum galleries for clients such as the Chicago Field Museum, Hong Kong Science museum, Amsterdam’s Het Scheepvaartmuseum and the RAF Museum London.
MET Studio are currently working on Expo 2020’s Mobility Pavilion with Foster+Partners and Weta Workshop, creating a multi-sensory and immersive redefining of the human mobility.
Set within an original colonial building in central Singapore, MET Studio has employed a combination of digital and physical techniques to build an immersive experience charting the area’s occupation through to modern- day Singapore.
The event is curated in a series of zones framed as ‘acts, with MET’s digital and physical concepts playing strongly to the strengths of overall creative director Beatrice Chia and her background in theatrical and event design.
Met Studio says ‘’This project has been Monumental for the studio; it’s an honour and a huge responsibility to play such a major role in the re-telling of a place’s history. We have worked sensitively and honestly to create drama from truth and in that, we feel we have produced something far more than a history lesson.”
MET Studio and the wider design team deliberately moved away from a standard exhibition format, choosing instead to focus on unique and defining aspects of Singapore to show mythically as well as factually, how the region has been shaped and impacted on, over time.
MET Studio was intrigued as to how the extreme climates play a part in defining the environment and so used weather and nature as vehicles to tell stories. Rain was both live and digitally created, landscapes and events are dramatised through POV films shown through the eyes of nature such as birds and rodents, natural rhythms of sun and storms create atmosphere, emotion and mood with animated dioramas combining physical actors with film and moving sets, bringing a sense of drama and energy.