07 February 2010

Singaporean Icons 01

In this posting I will share photos of a lot of architecture from Singapore.

I have broadly divided them into two categories: Firstly, the projects that helped put Singapore on the world architecture map and secondly, contemporary projects that are redefining it's cityscape.

So here's the first set :

  • Starting with the paradigm shifting Golden Mile complex, designed by Gan Eng Oon, William Lim and Tay Kheng Soon of the Singapore architect firm Design Partnership, now known as DP Architects.

  • People's park complex also designed by the same architects as the Golden Mile.

  • The next one is not a building but an iconic statue that has come to represent the city - the Merlion statue

  • OCBC centre by IM Pei, one of the first important commissions given to a famous foreign architect

  • The Colonade Condominiums designed by Paul Rudolph is probably the most interesting piece of architecture in the city!

  • The Raffles city (Hotel and Mall) designed by IM Pei

  • The Concourse also designed by Paul Rudolph as a "Tropical Skyscraper"

Singaporean Icons 02

The Second set of the projects, these can broadly be categorized as contemporary.
  • Starting with the Gateway designed by IM Pei, seen here once again using is favorite triangular plan forms

  • An odd looking Lane Crawwford Place designed by Kisho Kurokawa
  • Another strange project by fellow metabolist architect- OB Plaza One designed by Kenzo Tange

  • An even more bizarre and tacky UFO building designed by Norman Foster - this is the High Court of Singapore

  • Singapore's answer to Bilboa's Guggenheim museum - the Esplanade theater complex designed by Michael Wilford

  • One of the most interesting city redevelopment projects I've seen - Clarke quay redevelopment designed by the eccentric Will Alsop

  • A very interesting shopping mall - Iluma mall designed by a great Singaporean firm - WOHA architects

  • Another mall - this one was quiet disappointing except for its great roof garden - Vivocity designed by Toyo Ito

  • The last and probably the most interesting mall on my list is the Orchard Central designed by DP architects it exploits its extremely thin long site and urban condition very well!

  • The highly whimsical Henderson waves designed by RSP architects is quiet a delight!

  • Newton Suites designed by WOHA architects

  • The Lincoln Modern was the only project I could visit of the Singapore's most famous contemporary design firm SCDA

  • The Pinnacle @ Duxton designed by ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism

  • The New National Library Building designed by Ken Yeang

And here's a couple of projects that have yet to be completed
  • The huge Marina Bay Sands (an integrated resort project) designed by Moshe Safdie

  • and last but not the least a sign board of the Interlace building designed by OMA

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