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Beach Road, Singapore by Norman Foster

Posted in Projects in S'pore by atyd on November 3, 2009

Occupying an entire city block between the Marina Center and the Civic District, the scheme will create a 150,000 square meter eco-quarter in downtown Singapore that continues the Singaporean ideal of the ‘city in a garden’ with its lush planting and sky gardens. A generous canopy protects the public realm at ground level, buffering the spaces beneath from the extremes of the tropical climate. Above the canopy rises a vertical city of clustered towers.

The scheme incorporates commercial, residential, retail and two high end hotels, as well as a direct ‘green’ link to an MRT station. Offering a light and comfortable environment, Beach Road will provide an exemplar sustainable quarter for Singapore. The design has the potential to achieve the Green Mark Platinum Rating.

The canopy is articulated by ribbon-forms that flex above the primary circulation routes and public spaces and dip near the edges – reflecting the changes of use beneath it. The ribbons rise up the exposed east and west elevations of the towers where they form a series of vertical louvres. These filter the sun and provide a framework for the planting which will transform the towers into a series of vertically linked green spaces. The buildings’ forms and slanted facades are oriented to catch the prevailing winds and direct air flow down to cool the ground level spaces.

To lock the scheme into its context four existing structures are conserved and opened to the city as public buildings. The primary axis of the scheme is a new street which is crossed at key points to encourage circulation through shops and cafés. The scheme will provide a new civic destination for Singapore.

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Source: Foster & Partners

National Library by Ken Yeang

Posted in Projects in S'pore by atyd on October 27, 2009

At first glance, the building seems to be trying a bit too hard to impress, with a sweeping facade on the east, a vast array of projecting blades and shelves, and a UFO-shaped viewing pavilion hovering above the roof. But these moves help animate what could have been a large, squat building—630,000 square feet and only 16 stories high. And by carving deep recesses and skycourts into the white blocky form, the architect creates a lively play of shadow and light that not only pleases the eye but offers cool spaces for people using the building.

When the National Library Board of Singapore held a design competition for the project in 1998, it didn’t ask for a green building. As the Singapore economy has shifted in recent years from an industrial base to one driven by information technologies and services, the government has undertaken the construction of sprawling educational campuses, some designed by high-profile international architects such as James Stirling/Michael Wilford [record, May 1997, page 102] and Gwathmey Siegel [record, December 2001, page 92]. Now it is trying to add a cultural layer to an urban mix that had previously emphasized shopping and eating as the island nation’s primary spare-time activities.

Yeang’s competition entry pulled the building into two separate parts—a banana-shaped structure on the east for exhibition spaces and cultural activities and a blockier structure on the west that would house the library collections and reading rooms. A tall atrium or semienclosed “street” would run between the two pieces, with bridges at the upper levels connecting the two sides. By raising the collections block one story off the ground, Yeang created a covered plaza at ground level that offers a large, shaded space for an outdoor café and all kinds of public events, such as book fairs and dance performances.

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Source: Architectural Record

Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore

Posted in Projects in S'pore by atyd on October 24, 2009

Libeskind’s first residential showcase in Asia has its platform at Keppel Bay in Singapore.  His iconic design for Reflections at Keppel Bay will put Singapore on the world map for luxury waterfront homes.

Rising at the water’s edge as ‘beacons of light’, the Libeskind showcase will be the epitome of premier waterfront living in Singapore.

Set in lush and expansive grounds, the waterfront development features six high-rise towers, some linked by skybridges, and spacious low-rise villas. The Libeskind development will sit on a land size of approximately 84,000 sq metres with an extensive shoreline of 750 metres.

Every detail and aspect of design will optimise interaction with the sea and the commanding panoramic views of its scenic surrounds including Mount Faber, Keppel Club Golf Course, Labrador Park, Sentosa and its upcoming Integrated Resort and the city skyline.

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Source: http://www.reflectionsatkeppelbay.com.sg