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Old December 3rd, 2009, 11:59 PM   #1
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Unique Architecture in your City

What is the most unique piece of architechture in your city? It could be unique to your city or unique to the whole world. It could be anything, from a skyscraper to a public library, and it could be futuristic or 100 years old .
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Old December 4th, 2009, 01:07 AM   #2
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Some examples from Singapore and why I think they are unique.

The major stock of Singapore's buildings comprise of either corporate-looking office buildings or fairly repetitive concrete residential highrises. Straight lines, boxes and neatly laid out street grids are quite characteristic of the urban environment here. In such a context, I feel the following would be unique in Singapore:

Esplanade Theatres - Its spiky facade that comprise sunshading devices mimic the appearance of the tropical fruit, the durian. Its probably the most visually-arresting facade here.



Iluma - This recently completed mall attracts at night with its blazing facade that moves in patterns. Night lighting schemes on buildings are a recent phenomenon here. This one screams for attention.





Reflections at Keppel Bay - An upcoming development. Enough said.



Scotts Tower - Another upcoming residential project

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South Beach - An approved project designed by Foster. It will literally make waves.



Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort - Probably its most unique feature (amongst other details) for me is the 1 ha skypark on the 55th level. Longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall.



The shophouse. Built during the early 20th century, this combination of residential and commercial row houses blend the cultures of Singapore into built form. There are Chinese, European and Malay influences in the design. Such rowhouses can be found primarily in Singapore and other former Straits Settlements colonies like Penang. As a representation of the culture of this period of history, these shophouses are unique to the world.









I've made a thread on shophouses that has more pics of this built form.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 05:14 PM   #3
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Old December 21st, 2009, 12:50 PM   #4
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Esplanade Theatres - Its spiky facade that comprise sunshading devices mimic the appearance of the tropical fruit, the durian. Its probably the most visually-arresting facade here.


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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:30 AM   #5
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The Minangkabau Tribes Traditional Buildings, West Sumatra - Indonesia




























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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:47 AM   #6
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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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Royal Ontario Museum

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Art Gallery of Ontario

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Ontario College of Art and Design

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 07:55 PM   #7
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Very interesting how the First building the temple is IDENTICAL to the same named temple in Neasden in London and the Ontario College of Art is VERY similar to Peckam Library by Will Allsop also in London.


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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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Royal Ontario Museum

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Art Gallery of Ontario

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Ontario College of Art and Design

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 08:14 PM   #8
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Very interesting how the First building the temple is IDENTICAL to the same named temple in Neasden in London and the Ontario College of Art is VERY similar to Peckam Library by Will Allsop also in London.
I didn't know, but those temples exist in London, Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and Nairobi and are almost identical.

And OCAD was also designed by Will Alsop, which would explain some of its similarity.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 08:34 PM   #9
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Very interesting how the First building the temple is IDENTICAL to the same named temple in Neasden in London and the Ontario College of Art is VERY similar to Peckam Library by Will Allsop also in London.

Hmmmmm... they have similarities, which is not surprising considering the same architect built both. But I would not say they are VERY similar.

Peckham (note: not "Peckam") Library

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Ontario College of Art and Design

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I can spot the difference!
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The cellars, upper and ower quays in Utrecht







An unique feature of Utrecht are the medieval upper and lower quays along the canals Oudegracht and Nieuwegracht in the city centre. The main entrances to the houses and shops are on the upper quay while the entrance to the store rooms and warehouses are on the lower quays. The merchants once unloaded the goods from canal barges and transported them directly into the cellars which run under the upper quay and the house. Below was the cellar warehouse, on the ground floor the shop and upstairs the dwelling house for the merchant and his family.
Now most cellars have other uses: habitation, café/restaurant, shop, bike repair and other workshops, etc. Some were once used as "coffeeshops" (cannabis retail and hash café) but this use has disappeared from the canal due to stricter regulations and hard drug related offences which lead to the closure of these coffeeshops (some of them remain in other parts of the city). This kind of cafés is tolerated as long as certain strict rules are observed, but if not they can be closed.

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An unique feature of Utrecht are the medieval upper and lower quays along the canals Oudegracht and Nieuwegracht in the city centre.
Netherlands - Leeuwarden:
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Old December 26th, 2009, 06:41 AM   #12
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Taubman Museum of Art
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I think its most beautiful from the air oddly enough:



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Old December 26th, 2009, 11:22 PM   #13
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Old December 28th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #14
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UNIQUE BECAUSE OF IT'S LOCATION:

Japanese tower and Chinese pavilion, Brussels, Belgium, 1910 (What was then reconsidered as Neo Historic Exotic architecture, Build on demand of the Belgian King)







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Soeman HS Main Library, Riau Province. Indonesia

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Old December 30th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #16
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Old January 1st, 2010, 01:43 AM   #17
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Wow Signapore's amazing!

Very very nice buildings, I especially liked the Reflections at Keppel bay, very original.
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Cube houses, Rotterdam the Netherlands

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It isn't as unique as some of these things, but my city itself is unique

Anyway, I don't think there's any other buildings in the world based on the Sydney 2000 Olympics Torch and the Sydney Opera House "Sails"

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Moscow, Russia. "House on legs", arc. Meerson A.D., 1973-1978







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