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Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:16:58 AM »

Please list the architecture that has left you speechless.

Today, while doing a bit of backpacking through Asia, I stumbled across and then managed to visit the recently opened Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. The architecture of the building left me spellbound. A 200m high floating garden, restaurant and infinity swimming pool, suspended like the hull of a yacht on three curved skyscrapers - with the capacity of over 2000 rooms. Part of a complex that cost about 6 billion US dollars to build, this is possibly the most breathtaking building I have seen in my life.









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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 12:14:46 PM »

That is truly spectacular, but I get dizzy just looking at the pictures.... 
(...and no, it's not a problem with your photos...)
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 02:10:19 PM »

I watched a program about the construction of this building, it is truly a work of art.
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 06:21:24 PM »

as a piece of sculpture, it's interesting.

but architecture is more than exterior aesthetics.

do you know anything about:
- how the building functions for it's users?  enough elevators?  access for the disabled?  emergency egress? etc?
- what the interior aesthetics are?
- how green it is?  both construction, and operation?
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 06:33:54 PM »

My favorite building is the MIT Chapel

My favorite museum building is Wright's Guggenheim in NYC
Including the addition by Gwathmey.

My favorite monument is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

My favorite gothic cathedral is Chartres

My favorite unfinished cathedral is Gaudi's Sagrada Família

There are others.
I may post pictures, if I find the time
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011, 07:23:38 PM »

as a piece of sculpture, it's interesting.

but architecture is more than exterior aesthetics.

do you know anything about:
- how the building functions for it's users?  enough elevators?  access for the disabled?  emergency egress? etc?
- what the interior aesthetics are?
- how green it is?  both construction, and operation?

I've been inside the building and on the top floor, and I did notice many lifts and ramps for disabled access. It also looked awesome from the inside, along with the shopping centre in front (which contains a working canal underneath a suspended open-air restaurant). As for environmental construction, I don't know, but the entire area (like much of the Singapore central business district) is reclaimed land from the sea, which causes terrible environmental damage.

Also, what I'd like to know is, when the rest of the world is in the grip of recession and cutbacks, why Singapore manages to always remain so perpetually rich!
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011, 07:35:28 PM »







I get that the last one isn't so magical, but I fucking, fucking love it :)
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011, 07:40:47 PM »

[IMG]http://blah[/img]

[IMG]http://blah blah[/img]



I get that the last one isn't so magical, but I fucking, fucking love it :)
Not magical?  It's growing....   :headbang:
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011, 07:42:51 PM »


My fear of heights is so bad that just looking at that picture makes me feel a bit sick.  :icon_pale:
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011, 07:47:08 PM »

[IMG]http://blah[/img]

[IMG]http://blah blah[/img]



I get that the last one isn't so magical, but I fucking, fucking love it :)
Not magical?  It's growing....   :headbang:

It's aliiiiIIIiiiiIIIiiiIIiiIIIiiiIIIiiive!!!!! I am going to live in a moving living breathing house when I'm older. It'll have a voice and a personality and everything :)
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2011, 08:06:12 PM »


My fear of heights is so bad that just looking at that picture makes me feel a bit sick.  :icon_pale:

What got me about this design,
is how long the cantilever is,
and that so many people trust the structure
of the cantilever not to collapse.
(As close to walking on air, as most of us will get.)
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2011, 06:31:14 PM »

^ BASE jump time! or parkour suicide.



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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2011, 10:22:06 PM »

http://www.forbidden-places.net/urban-exploration-Beelitz-Heilstaetten_Sanatorium#galint Look at all of the inside pictures. So pretty <3


Not exactly because of the structure though...  ;D
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2011, 04:54:50 PM »

you have to see this:   http://www.treehotel.se/en/rooms/the-mirrorcube


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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2011, 06:47:02 PM »





Spectacular.  My only major reservation about visiting Singapore are their police...  I heard about a girl and her mother who went to Singapore as the girl's 21st birthday present (as part of a cruse) and right off the boat military personal took the entire cruse into custody and strip searched them all thoroughly, than released them.

Ruined their whole trip.
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