Top Four Singapore Buildings

Singapore may be small, but it’s a powerhouse of innovative building design. Thanks to the old-world-meets-new feel of the city, where skyscrapers tower above shophouses, and colonial buildings sit adjacent to contemporary condominiums, each building affects and is affected by its surroundings. Here are Singapore’s top picks of the most architecturally interesting buildings on the island.

Helix Bridge
(The Helix Bridge at night. Image courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board.)

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, which stand for cytosine, guanine, adenine and thymine: the four bases of DNA. An arresting sight for drivers on the nearby East Coast Parkway, its Perfectly situated to allow pedestrians to take in the view of Marina Bay.

SOTA School of the Arts

(SOTA School of the Arts. Image courtesy of Choo Yut Shing.)

You’d expect anyplace that houses 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, like the lush covering of greenery, accentuate the sense of timeless, historical design.

Parkview Square

(Detail of the fresco on Parkview Square. Image courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board.)

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’. One of the few high rises in the central region; no less than three embassies reside 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 that adorn the facade.

ArtScience Museum
(Artist’s rendition of ArtScience Museum. Image courtesy of Marina Bay Sands.)

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 and, when it opens in March 2011, 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.

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