Daniel Libeskind's first Singapore project

by VIRGINIA LAU on Jun 22, 2012 in Architecture , Interiors
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Known for his design of Berlin’s Jewish Museum, Daniel Libeskind tells Perspective about his first Singapore project, Reflections at Keppel Bay

“It’s not just a physical reflection,” says Daniel Libeskind of his first and latest project in Singapore. Named by the architect himself, Reflections at Keppel Bay is a two million sq-ft residential development comprising six buildings up to 41 storeys high and 11 low-rise villa apartment blocks. The towers are sleek and curve at different heights, creating gaps in between that offer stunning views of the waterfront, golf course, Sentosa and Mount Faber. “It’s a reflection of urban living,” he says.

“It’s something that of course has to be very practical and pragmatic, but at the same time viewed with a sense of art of living. I think that’s the biggest reflection of all, because that’s what everyday life is. It’s not a museum or shopping centre. It has to be something that works in the cycle of seasons, in the cycle of days.”

The development of these luxury apartments was an ambitious one. The brief was high density and the site was shallow because of the water. “The question was how to create a beautiful environment along the water which prioritises the views and sense of beauty of the place,” says Libeksind. Creating the curves that distinguish Reflections at Keppel Bay was not an easy task either — according to Libeskind, it had never been done before. Each apartment has a unique view with each floor harbouring its own identity. Applying pixelated curtain walls, the inside and outside work together.

“I like showing that you can create with a high-density project a feeling of nature, a feeling of a kind of likeness, reflection and subtlety of light,” says Libeksind, “and something inspiring that always feels fresh.”  The architect calls it “unique good karma” that provides tranquility even amid the hustle and bustle of urban living.   

Read the full story, ‘Reflecting everyday life’, in the July 2012 issue of Perspective magazine!