The best and worst buildings in Singapore
From the skyscrapers of Raffles Place and sinuous bridges that gently undulate through thick tropical forests, to garishly colored public housing and meticulously restored ethnic terrace houses, Singapore’s dalliance with architectural experimentation continues apace.
Cast an eye around the island’s built environment and it quickly becomes clear that this is a country that’s unafraid to speculate and tinker. Quite often, the results are spectacular, as in the case of WoHa ’s soaring Church of St Mary of the Angels, but equally, there have been certified duds.
Part of the problem comes from an unfortunate tendency to ape Western viewpoints. In the late 1990s, for instance, it was difficult to turn a corner without encountering a steel and glass residence that might have photographed well, but which was entirely inappropriate for this climate.
Thankfully, there has been a noticeable shift and local architects grow in confidence, unfettered by the
“The clientele, suppliers and general populace are still ignorant," says architect Karen Lim when it comes to the topic of good design. But she points with approval to buildings such as the School of Arts .
“Singapore needs talent,” saysm Lim. “The local pool is limited so we need to ramp up demand. Couple talented artists with adequate funding, and it may just be the thing that Singapore needs.”
1. Marina Bay Sands : Moshe Safdie’s triptych is a set-piece straight out of a sci-fi movie. The crowning glory, literally, of the casino resort is the ship-shaped Skypark that boasts a dizzying infinity pool and the newly opened Ku De Ta nightclub and restaurant.
2. People's Park Complex: One of DP Architects’ first projects, the People’s Park Complex’s defiantly brutalist fa