10 ‘must see’ in Singapore

The architecture of Singapore displays a range of influences and styles from different places and periods. These range from the eclectic styles and hybrid forms of the colonial period to the tendency of more contemporary architecture around the world. Here are a guide to few must watch places in Singapore that every enthusiast should visit in Singapore

1. Esplanade Theatre by MWP

The building was designed by two architectural firms working in conjunction: by DP Architects (DPA) of Singapore and the London-based Michael Wilford & Partners (MWP) The design consists of two rounded space frames fitted with triangulated glass elements and sunshades, which balance outward views with solar shading

2. Works of Moshe Safdie

ArtScience Museum

The architecture is said to be a form reminiscent of a lotus flower. Referred to as “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore”, the ArtScience Museum is anchored by a round base in the middle, with ten extensions referred to as “fingers”. The design concept for each finger denotes various gallery spaces sporting skylights at the “fingertips” which are included as sustainable illumination for the curved interior walls.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands consists of three 55-storey towers, located on Singapore’s Marina Bay. One of the three buildings is a luxury hotel with 2590 rooms. There is also an exhibition and workshop area of 120,000 square meters, a shopping centre with 300 shops, and a modern casino with a capacity of 15,000 square meters. Resting on the top of the three buildings is the sky park swimming pool. This swimming pool is about 150m long on the terrace, 200m above the ground. Here, you can spoil the magnificent view of the magnificent Singaporean city

3. Golden Mile Complex by DP Architects

The Golden Mile Complex is a commercial and residential development, providing offices, shopping, entertainment services and apartment living within. It is a podium and stepped terrace structure. It houses 411 shops, 226 offices and 68 residential units. The building was designed by Gan Eng Oon, William Lim and Tay Kheng Soon of the Singapore architect firm Design Partnership, now known as DP Architects.

4. Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing one of Asia’s foremost garden destinations, the Gardens by the Bay. British architects Wilkinson Eyre and landscape architects Grant Associates have completed an enormous tropical garden in Singapore filled with tree-like towers, shell-shaped greenhouses and a 30-metre-high man-made waterfall. Bay South is the first and largest of three landscaped gardens that will comprise the 100-hectare Gardens by the Bay, sited on reclaimed land beside the marina in downtown Singapore. Eighteen ‘Supertree’ structures measuring up to 50 metres in height have thousands of plant species growing up their vein-like cladding. They’re connected by bridges 20 metres up and there’s a bar at the top of the tallest one. Each one contains rainwater collection tanks and pumps that cool both themselves and the two huge greenhouses beside them. There are also themed gardens, a lake, tree-lined walkways, a playground and an events space.

5. Helix Bridge by COX Architects

OpArchitects10, the Helix Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in Singapore and serves as a linkway between Marina Centre and the Bayfront area. Its unique form is modelled after the double helix DNA, symbolising “life and continuity, renewal and growth”. Look out for the pairs of coloured letters ‘c’ and ‘g’, as well as ‘a’ and ‘t’ on the bridge, which represent the four bases of DNA — a fun detail that will please the science nerds among us.

6. The Interlace by OMA & Ole Scheeren

The Interlace is a 1000-unit apartment building complex in Singapore designed by OMA and Ole Scheeren. It is noteworthy for its design which looks like 31 bricks irregularly stacked upon each other, resembling Jenga blocks.  The complex has recreational facilities such as swimming pools, gym, tennis courts, basketball court, children playgrounds, karaoke rooms and tables for pool billiards, all to serve the residents.

7. Henderson Wave by RSP Architects

The 274m long pedestrian bridge is part of the Southern Ridges, a 10 k.m. long trail that connects Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. The curved ribs of the bridge create shelters with seating areas where you can enjoy great views towards Keppel Bay.

8. Reflections at Keppel Bay by Daniel Libeskind

Prominently situated at the entrance to Singapore’s historic Keppel Harbor, Reflections at Keppel Bay is a two-million-square-foot residential development comprised of 6 high-rise towers ranging from 24 and 41 stories, a total of 1,129 units.The series of high-rise undulating towers is the focal point of this project. These sleek curving forms of alternating heights create graceful openings and gaps between the structures allowing all to have commanding views of the waterfront, Sentosa, the golf course and Mount Faber.

9. NTU School of Art, Design & Media BY CPG Consultants

This is a 5-storey School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University campus, Singapore. This stunning piece of award-winning architecture is situated in a wooded valley. The embracing arms of this unique building have a most spectacular verdant turfed roof which blends with ground contour as if emerges from it. It has glass curtain wall and raw concrete minus the painting.

10.D’Leedon Condominium by Zaha Hadid

There are 1,715 residential units in total, and these range from small flats and garden duplexes to family apartments and so-called sky penthouses. With D’Leedon, Zaha Hadid Architects explored new possibilities in large-scale residential design, rethinking each element of the design and bringing together concepts of individuality, differentiation and continuity.


About the author:

Prajakta Joshi, an architect by profession, she is a vehement pursuer of other forms arts such as writing, designing and even dancing. Her inquisitive nature and love for perfection have taken her ahead in her profession in very short duration.


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