A series of leaning towers have recently erupted along Singapore’s waterfront. ‘Reflections’ is the latest creation of Studio Daniel Libeskind and yet is uncharacteristically subdued in its sculptural influence. The cluster of six high-rise residential towers are a glittering new addition to the Singapore waterfront, hugging 2,460 ft of shoreline and offering residents exquisite views from the top. The scheme is Libeskind’s first completed residential project in Asia and will celebrate an official opening on 22nd March, 2012.
Libeskind’s compositions are not always favourably received by his peers however this latest addition to his bulging portfolio is a refined alternative to the ambitious twists of metal we have come to expect from this established architect. The 900,000 sq ft complex is comprised of three 24-storey towers and three 41-storey counterparts, bending towards one another and linked by nine landscaped sky bridges.
The sculptural flourishes often found in Libeskind’s work may be lacking but the symbolic reasoning behind his design remains, as he explains: “Singapore is a harmonic paradigm of culture, nature and the built environment. I wanted to convey this while highlighting the spectacular beauty of this particular setting.” Musing on the project’s title, ‘Reflections’, Libeskind clarifies: “I was thinking of the reflection of the sky, the water, and of the site in the bigger picture of Singapore and Asia. And reflection also in the philosophical sense, that is, a reflective thought, of an idea.”
Anodized aluminium panels coat the exterior form of the six towers, interrupted only by immense panes of glass which continue the reflecting analogy that inspired the scheme’s name. Close to the shoreline is a series of low-rise villa blocks which add a human scale to the 20-acre project and anchor the six soaring towers to the ground.
Considering the residents’ future use of the immense complex, Libeskind explains: “I’d like them to experience it in their own way, in their individual way, and to be captivated by the beauty of where they are, a rare confluence which is unique in the world. It has been a wonderful experience, both the creative process and the public process. I was very impressed by the authorities, their concerns, and their very enlightened and inspiring view of Singapore. It’s not every country that you see such high levels on intellectual and cultural thoughts on how to plan and develop a place.”