By iProperty.com Singapore – December 25th, 2010
Among Singapore’s iconic buildings are four amazing works of architecture. (Photo: AFP)
Singapore may be small, but it’s a powerhouse of innovative building design. Thanks to the city’s old-world-meets-new feel — where skyscrapers tower above shophouses and colonial buildings sit adjacent to contemporary condominiums — each building affects and is affected by its surroundings.
Here are iProperty.com Singapore’s top picks of the most architecturally-interesting buildings on the island.
SOTA School of the Arts
You’d expect any place housing the most promising young and creative minds in Singapore to be equally inspiring and original, and SOTA’s behemoth structure doesn’t disappoint.
A self-proclaimed ‘laboratory of creativity’, the structure possesses a sense of scale so massive it’s almost intimidating — like walking up the steps of the Acropolis. The use of stone, wood and natural features, such as the lush covering of greenery, accentuate the sense of timeless, historical design.
The paint is barely (metaphorically speaking) dry – as the bridge only officially opened in June this year. Yet the Helix bridge, constructed with a strongly cohesive thematic sense, not only incorporates the double helix of the DNA structure in its design but also, intriguingly, includes two pairs of coloured letters on the frame; c and g, a and t. They stand for cytosine, guanine, adenine and thymine: the four bases of DNA. An arresting sight for drivers on the nearby East Coast Parkway, it’s perfectly situated to allow pedestrians to take in the view of Marina Bay.
One of the few Singapore buildings to be designed in the Art Deco style, Parkview Square would look at home in Gotham City, prompting many residents to nickname it the ‘Batman Building’. It is one of the few high rises in the central region, with no less than three embassies residing in it.
Parkview Square’s beautiful, artsy, but slightly sinister air is compounded by classical adornments like the gargoyles and statues of men cradling globes.
Whether you think it looks like a lotus, an open hand, or a half-completed Death Star, the Art & Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands certainly catches both the eye and the imagination. True to its compound name, the building aims to unite art and science.
When it opens in March 2011, it will feature 60,000 sq ft of trendy arts exhibitions, theatre performances and technological displays. A central waterfall trickles down from the doughnut-hole roof in the atrium. It actually runs on collected rainwater, which will be reused in an environmentally friendly fashion