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Old November 2nd, 2004, 12:16 PM   #1
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High Street Centre reclad in Singapore, almost done!

Built in the 1970s:


Final reclad version:



November 03:


Not much action until March.
24 April 04:


7 May 04:


7 June 04:


25th June:



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Old November 2nd, 2004, 12:17 PM   #2
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17 July:


23 July:


31 July:


August:

August bonus picture :


13 August:


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11 Sept:


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Let's compare, before:


Now:
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 06:26 PM   #3
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Looks Great
Seriously, I’ve never seen any renovation like that before.
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 07:00 PM   #4
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Wow, looks so much better. Only in Singapore could they do something like this. Who are its tenants?
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 10:12 PM   #5
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The cladding is real nice, i love it!
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Old November 3rd, 2004, 12:55 AM   #6
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its not unusual to redesign an old tower, they are gonna do in in Rotterdam too, but the final result of this tower looks very good
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Old November 3rd, 2004, 05:47 PM   #7
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Currently empty, scheduled for completion in 2005.
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Old November 3rd, 2004, 06:43 PM   #8
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wow, that a transformation!
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Old November 4th, 2004, 04:17 AM   #9
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Nice!

Recladding can be done, it's just very expensive.

In Vancouver, The Burrard Building was reclad in the 1980s, the BC Hydro Building (now the Electra condos) reclad in the 1990s and the Uniglobe Building was reclad last year. All were modernist curtain walls with relatively short windows and large opaque spandrel panels - in each case, the new curtain walls made the windows bigger (as well as introducing double glazing) and reduced the size of the spandrel panels (and for the Burrard and Uniglobe buildings, changed the spandrels to mirrored glass). The recladding of the Burrard Building destroyed the original architecture and was a trajegy to some.
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Old November 4th, 2004, 05:05 AM   #10
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Currently empty, scheduled for completion in 2005.
Er..you sure its empty? Where did all the tenants go meanwhile then?
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Old November 4th, 2004, 05:07 AM   #11
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I think so...
Isn't it?

In the first few pictures, you can see inside the building.
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Old November 6th, 2004, 03:44 PM   #12
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I always wonder if in 30 years people will be disgusted by the buildings built in the 90s and 00s, just like WE are disgusted by the ones built in the 70s. Just a thought. Were they BAD design, or are we not giving them enough time to grow on us, or age, or come of age? I know for a fact people after the art-nouveau phase hated the buildings, and now every city in the world that appreciates itself claims to have at least one art nouveau... even if it was built 30 years AFTER the fashion had faded (in the case of my hometown Santiago). AnyWHO!
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Old November 7th, 2004, 08:20 PM   #13
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how nice to see the effect of months of pics condensed into one - the transformation is amazing!

but this reclad is a must, the original building was just a blight on the views from the harbour looking towards Supreme Court & City Hall - but not anymore
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Old November 8th, 2004, 05:21 AM   #14
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Not that its neighbour, High Street Plaza also had been recladded.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 08:17 AM   #15
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that looks nice, I wish they did the same with Bisonspoor (Holland).
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Old November 8th, 2004, 08:47 AM   #16
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I always wonder if in 30 years people will be disgusted by the buildings built in the 90s and 00s, just like WE are disgusted by the ones built in the 70s. Just a thought. Were they BAD design, or are we not giving them enough time to grow on us, or age, or come of age? I know for a fact people after the art-nouveau phase hated the buildings, and now every city in the world that appreciates itself claims to have at least one art nouveau... even if it was built 30 years AFTER the fashion had faded (in the case of my hometown Santiago). AnyWHO!
That is actually an interesting tot which I have delibrated over before. I do wonder if people 30 years ago have a liking for concrete columns to the extend of building so many concrety structures all over, the bane of skyscraper lovers today!
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Old November 8th, 2004, 09:19 AM   #17
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Can I say that is the best skyscraper renovation I have seen ever!

Why can't Sydney do the same with all its crap 1970s buildings.. I guess for some misguided reason here, they actually think they look good as they are.

The results of this makeover speak for themselves - they should put this once ugly duckling on an architectual extreme makeover show and show what a stunner can be created with application of some slick looking reflective glass.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 09:20 AM   #18
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BTW, what is that skeletal UFO that appears to be landing?
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Old November 8th, 2004, 09:34 AM   #19
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talk about a face lift
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Old November 8th, 2004, 09:51 AM   #20
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BTW, what is that skeletal UFO that appears to be landing?
That's the New Supreme Court designed by Sir Norman Foster.

If you pop over to the ''Singapore's MRT & LRT'' thread in the ''Subways & Urban Transport'' section, you will find another one of Sir Norman Foster's ''UFOs'' on top of the ''CG1 Expo Station'' on the subway network.
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