VIDEO: 10 0f SINGAPORES MOST AMAZING BUILDINGS
Singapore is filled with award-winning buildings by world-famous designers and architects and jaw-dropping new buildings are developed here at an incredible pace
Here are ten fascinating buildings, from Singapore’s independence to the present day, in this incredible city. Like any list, compiling just 10 buildings out of hundreds of contenders means there will be some omissions. But here is my choice of ten buildings, from residential blocks of the 1970’s to newer developments covering Education, Entertainment, Leisure and Commercial Use
POST INDEPENDENT ERA
The first three featured buildings were all groundbreaking buildings in their time, but all are now at risk of re-development in the next decade, as residents, often fed up with maintenance issues in these ageing buildings, vote en bloc to sell to developers.
The fate these of buildings has sparked a national debate around what of Singapore’s immediate post independent building spree should be preserved or surrendered to the constant economic powerhouse of development that marks Singapore’s runaway success
PEARL BANK APARTMENTS
Pearl Bank Apartments was once Singapore’s tallest residential building. The horseshoe-shaped layout was designed to help give shade from the fierce Singaporean sun. Sadly this venerable building is likely to be demolished and re-developed in the next couple of years
GOLDEN MILE COMPLEX
Completed in 1973, Golden Mile Complex is one of the early pioneers of mixed-use development. It evokes similar designs from Europe, notably London’s Brunswick Centre . Unlike that building, Golden Mile has been allowed to fall into a shabby state of repair. But with some proper renovation, this venerable building could re-capture some of it’s original glory
PEOPLES PARK COMPLEX
Another 1970’s Brutalist design, PPC is home to shops, offices and residential units. It’s 25 storey profile dominates the surrounding low rise Chinatown. Once the largest shopping complex in Singapore it also featured the country’s first atrium. Like the other 1970’s brutalist buildings featured here, the future of this building is in the balance
KEPPEL BAY REFLECTIONS
Fourth on the list, is Reflections at Keppel Bay completed in 2011. This residential complex has 1000 units. It was designed by Daniel Libeskind, who also designed the master plan for the World Trade Center Memorial in New York. Overlooking Keppel Marina, the six sinuous towers reflect the fluidity of sails and water of the nearby harbour
5th on the list of amazing buildings. The Interlace is a 1000-unit apartment building noteworthy for its design – 31 blocks stacked upon each other, and resembling giant Jenga game. Despite its size, this clever horizontal design is sympathetic to its surroundings and helped it to win World Building of the Year in 2015.
Esplanade is Singapore’s premier arts venue and features a theatre, and concert hall. The unique architectural design is known to locals as “the big durians” as the 7,000 triangular aluminium sunshades resemble two halves of the fruit. Each of the iconic spikes is cleaned by hand It takes two months to complete every year
Sky Habitat was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects, the same team behind MBS. These two residential towers in Singapore’s Bishan neighbourhood contain 0ver 500 apartments, each with its own balcony. Three broad bridges span the void between the two buildings. Looked at from a distance, it looks like some space-age building from the future that’s been teleported right into Singapore’s heartlands
NTU – SCHOOL of ART, DESIGN and MEDIA. THE HIVE
The NTU campus has several eye-catching buildings. A swirling green roof tops off the 5-story building that’s home to the School of Art, Design and Media. The high-performance building envelope reduces energy consumption and enhances natural views. Another building, The Hive, has done away with traditional classroom layouts with its 56 curved smart classrooms equipped with the latest technologies.
GARDENS BY THE BAY SUPERTREES
These amazing ‘living’ Supertrees bring scale and drama to the Gardens by the Bay. They are also part of the sites environmental system, generating hot water and electricity for the entire complex. Two conservatories are a showcase of sustainable building technologies as well as being the world’s largest column-free glasshouse. They were awarded World building of the Year in 2012
MARINA BAY SANDS
Finally, the daddy of modern architecture in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands tops the list of amazing buildings
An integrated resort, it includes a 2.5k room hotel, convention-exhibition centre, shopping mall, a museum, two large theatres. The complex is topped by a 340-metre-long SkyPark, the worlds largest cantilevered platform, with bars, restaurants and infinity swimming pool. Now a world-famous building, it symbolises Singapore’s confidence as the most future-looking countries in the world