Reflections / Daniel Libeskind

Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd-a

Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: Keppel Bay,
Building Size: 2,000,000 sqm; 1,129 units
Client: Keppel Land International
Architect of Record: DCA Architects PTE LTD
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Beca Carter Hollings&Ferner (S.E.Asia) Pte Ltd
Civil Engineer: T.Y. LIN International
Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates + Sitetectonix
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd-a, SDL, VMW Obilia

Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd-a

Prominently situated at the entrance to Sin¬gapore’s historic Keppel Harbor, Reflections at Keppel Bay is a two-million-square-foot residential development comprised of 6 high-rise towers ranging from 24 and 41 stories and 11 low-rise villa apart¬ment blocks of 6–8 floors– a total of 1,129 units.

The series of high-rise undulating towers is the focal point of this project. These sleek curving forms of alternating heights create graceful openings and gaps between the structures allowing all to have commanding views of the waterfront, Sentosa, the golf course and Mount Faber.

Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd-a

The design is composed of two distinct typologies of housing; the lower Villa blocks along the water front and the high-rise towers which over look them set just behind. The artful composition of ever shifting building orientations, along with the differing building typologies, creates an airy, light-filled grouping of short and tall structures. These ever shifting forms create an experience where each level feels unique as it is not in alignment with either the floor above or below. No two alike residences are experienced next to one another or seen from the same perspective; the result of this design is a fundamental shift in living in a high-rise where individuality and difference is not sacrificed.

The project was completed in December 2011 and is the recipient of the BCA Green Mark Gold Award from Singapore’s building and construction authority.

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Cite: "Reflections / Daniel Libeskind" 22 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=210036>
  • paul h

    are there no people in this beautiful world?

  • i2h

    all i can say is that at least they’re not fragmented shards.

  • Martinus T

    Never like his approach but on this scale it works very wel and looks smooth! Nice to see the cores fighting with the curved lines of the towers. A small pity of the open tops
    Looking forward to the images on ground level to see if he manages to keep a bit of human scale within this enormous project.

  • http://www.pasinga.com Antje Pasinga

    maybe a bit far off but for me it is like growing tulips – well I like it but it would be good to see more details not just some images ;D

  • ei näin

    Soo…. “the result of this design is a fundamental shift in living in a high-rise where individuality and difference is not sacrificed.”

    How exactly?

    Why are 90% of architectural designs so horribly “argumented”? I feel ashamed for my profession.

    • Martinus T

      “These ever shifting forms create an experience where each level feels unique as it is not in alignment with either the floor above or below.”

      Which is off course a very poor argument for this so called individuality. A unique experience isn’t caused by comparing different levels.. I’m afraid the coherent materialization and morphology of the project results in the opposite.

      But actually we can only guess, cause floor plans and sections are missing here.

  • slava

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

  • vahid torabi

    one of the best of him..
    but a huge complex needs more images & details.

  • Mark

    Does Libeskind really think that shifting floor plates by a few inches creates individuality for the occupants? That’s moronic, but par for the course given the rubbish coming out of his studio.

  • WAPE

    This is architecture for video games or children’s comic books. Very juvenile approach to design that relies totally on dumb shapes.

  • Marco

    There’s more tastelessness crammed in here than would typically fit in a whole country. It looks like a cheesy set design for a tacky soap opera, “The Real Nouveau Riche Housewives of Keppel Bay”

  • 1978

    Where does Libeskind get all these bad ideas? How can one office be so consistently gross?

  • aardvark

    As Aalto said–

    Grown up men play with lines and curves
    they don’t control………..

    Wilting buildings.

    I am having HUGE trouble finding
    meaning in this thing. Oh well;
    somebody must be seeing something.

    I like 1978′s comment; right on.

  • Damien

    Pathetic Design Formula No. 1
    Libeskind = Dumb Gimmick + Verbal Claptrap