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Glittering addition to Singapore waterfront

A series of leaning towers have recently come up along Singapore’s waterfront, at the entrance to the historic Keppel Harbour. ‘Reflections’ is uncharacteristically subdued in its sculptural influence. The cluster of six high-rise, glazed 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 was officially opened in March 2012.

The 9,00,000 sq. ft. complex is comprised of three 24-storey towers and three 41-storey counterparts, leaning towards one another and linked by nine landscaped bridges.  In all, there are 1,129 luxury apartments in the complex.

“Singapore is a harmonious paradigm of culture, nature and the built environment.  I wanted to convey this while highlighting the spectacular beauty of this particular setting,” said Libeskind. 

Musing on the project’s title, ‘Reflections’, he clarified, “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.” Anodised 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.

Energy-saving green roof

The sprawling Jacob K Javits Convention Center on the west side of Manhattan — host to many leading conventions, exhibitions, trade shows and special events — is soon to become home to one of New York’s largest green roof systems. A North Carolina-based company has been called in to transform the roof into an energy-saving green haven.

The plan is to cover the 2,92,000 sq. ft. roof with grassy greenery grown on a farm in upstate New York.

Part of green landscape

The green roofs support local and independent farmers all over the country, and grow their greenery to maturity for nine to 12 months before installing them on clients’ rooftops.

They provide a multi-layer system that combines sod, dirt, seed and fertiliser with energy-saving technology.
Aside from all the climate and energy benefits, the planted surface will also help the roof of the Javits Center last much longer, safeguarding it from weather-related wear and tear.

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