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Reflections and Corals at Keppel Bay

Reflections and Corals at Keppel Bay

If you came here by checking the thumbnail of the video, be sure that it has the correct description. Yes, those towers in the picture are the Reflections by Daniel Libeskind Studio, but they are also the reflections of Daniel Libeskind.

OK, enough with mind confusing, I’ll explain shortly. Let’s get started and let me bring you today to Singapore.

The Reflections project in Singapore is at Keppel Bay, on the south part of the country. On this post, I will show you also the Corals project, another residential site by Libeskind Studio, which is quite close to the Reflections. 

But before we start with the projects, let me tell you how we got there first. Our Singapore trip was five days long and that day was quite busy in terms of visiting buildings.

We started the day with the Hive building, one of the best educational buildings I’ve ever been. Don’t worry I will upload a separate video on this beauty. It is in Nanyang Technological University and then we checked Singapore Polytechnic, then National University of Singapore, after that visited a mall called Star Vista, a project by Andrew Bromberg from Aedas, and then his another project the Sandcrawler building, the Lucasfilm’s headquarter in Asia. By the way I already posted a video on that one, check it out by clicking here if you haven’t seen it yet.

So after all these, when it was already getting darker, we at last came to the Reflections project, which was at the end of this busy travel route.

There is a huge golf course between the towers and the subway station.

There is a huge golf course between the towers and the subway station.

When you get out of the subway station, you can see the project from far. Not the whole project, but six high-rise towers of it. This project is big, so apart from these towers they have 11 more low-rise villa apartments, which meet you first when you enter their territory.

Walking on their decent and green street is nice, which by the way is common in any street in Singapore, but this project offers you only a distant touch. There is always fences and security gates between you and the buildings. But wait Alper! This is a housing project. Not all should have access, right?

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Maybe so. But, remember those universities we checked in the morning of that day? What I liked most about those universities is that they all were welcoming. No fences, no obstacles, not a security check. You all are welcome. And don’t get me wrong, everywhere they have CCTV working.

But no one comes to you and tells you that you cannot shoot or something. This I love! So coming here after that approach is a bit mood changing. And again, I was tired and this made me question that it is worth to continue or not, to come closer to some towers, which are not inviting you, just because they were designed by a famous architect.

Well, I was already there, why keep complaining, right?

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Then we reached the towers and of course they also have fences around. Here I realized that those towers have plantation on them, on the connection bridges and also on their tops, which is actually hard to see when you are that close.

This green approach brought the project some awards as well and the design studio also like to underline that on their website. But to be fair, we don’t know Libeskind as a sustainable designer, right? That’s why please allow me to give credits on this one to Singapore itself. Because this green policy can be seen almost on every corner of the city.

And as some critics underline, you understand how green a building is, only some time later. Planting trees on that much high levels may not work as you are expecting. But I believe, no matter what, this is still worth to try.

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So let’s finalize the post by coming to the point I mentioned at the beginning. After discussing all these, the weak interaction of the project with the city (at least on pedestrian level) and the questions on its sustainable approaches, after all these, one thing is being left on our hands. It is the strong iconic view of the project.

I mean, the name of the project itself speaks loud. Maybe it is not a project for someone like me, who crazily will try to reach it by walking. Maybe it is for those who can afford a yacht and enjoy its reflections by reaching them slowly with a cool summer breeze of Singapore on their hair, right?

The owners also underline how cool the views from the towers are: The ocean, Sentosa Island and Mount Faber. All these were not visible to me as someone on his feet.

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I guess the problem here is that architects do not underline this enough. Rather than just telling that their number one aim was to create an icon, a landmark, they try to describe their approaches as aiming for a fundamental shift in high-rise living whereby no two interiors share the same perspective and each resident experiences his or her own individuality and difference.

In any kind of an apartment building, go one floor up or one floor down, you will have a different perspective, right? I mean in that sense, is there any difference between these two?

In that sense, is there any difference between these two?

In that sense, is there any difference between these two?

I would love to hear more from them on that artistic touch they did. And one last thing on my argument:

What do you think about these two? They speak the same language, right? One from the Corals at Keppel Bay and the other one from a project called CityLife, also one of Libeskind project but which is in Milan, Italy. That’s why, I think that those are the reflections of Daniel Libeskind.

They speak the same language, right?

They speak the same language, right?

Do you agree with me or not? Please write down below on comments section.



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