AD Interviews: Moshe Safdie / Safdie Architects

During this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) held in Singapore, we had the chance to talk with keynote speaker Moshe Safdie. Standing inside the Marina Bay Sands, a massive mixed-use project by Safdie Architects and an example of the firm’s ongoing research on density, Safdie talked to us about Asia’s urban environment and the challenges of working there. As the world’s growth is happening in dense areas, this subject is utterly important, and Safdie has proven that these kind of mega-urbanism projects can be functionally integrated into the city. “Working in Asia at the intensity and scale that we do has been a paradigm shift for our practice because much of our work in the United States and and elsewhere in recent years has been focused on institutions – on libraries, museums, airports – here we are involved with urban place, mixed-use mostly, extremely dense, working for the private sector, and having to reconcile the market forces with the architectural environmental demands, which is no mean task,” he said.

Safdie Architects Design Glass “Air Hub” for Singapore Changi Airport

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Today, Safdie Architects revealed plans for a , spherical “air hub” that will be built at the center of the Singapore’s Changi Airport, the world’s sixth busiest airport. The “jeweled” biodome was presented as a “new paradigm” for international airports that will boost Singapore’s stopover appeal and become a “lifestyle destination” for both travelers and local residents.

Learn more about the design and a word from Moshe Safdie, after the break. 

Safdie Architects to Design Medal of Honor Museum in South Carolina

Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore / Safdie Architects. Image © MBS Digital Media

Following a national search, the has selected Safdie Architects to design its new museum and education center at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Safdie was selected for their “extensive experience with cultural projects and national monuments across the U.S. and abroad.” The National Medal of Honor Museum will bring the stories of the Medal of Honor recipients to life for visitors.

The Medal of Honor was created in 1861 and is the nation’s highest military honor. It is awarded by the President of the on behalf of the Congress for valor in combat. The Museum is the first part of a multi-phase development of the site on the eastern shore of Charleston Harbor and will become an iconic destination in the region.

Louis Vuitton in Singapore / Safdie Architects

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Architects: Moshe Safdie / Safdie Architects
Location: Marina Bay Sands,
Project Architect: Aplusi Asia, Michelle Chan
Project Manager: Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific, Andy Lau
MEP: Ferrier Chan & Partners – George Doyle
Solar Shade Fabrication: Eventscape – Steve Haniewicz, Craig Seeley, Graham O’Brien
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of FTL Design Engineering Studio, William Cho, Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Colombo Mixed-Use Development / Safdie Architects

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Safdie Architects was recently selected to design a new mixed-use development in Colombo, . The 69-storey mixed-use project will be the first for in Sri Lanka, and is expected to be the tallest residential building in Colombo when it is completed. The design includes expansive family and community space amenities such as community gardens, shared outdoor spaces within the upper levels of the building, and individual roof gardens or terraces for every residence, a hallmark of Safdie’s design philosophy to provide access to outdoor spaces in high density urban housing. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects

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Architects: Safdie Architects
Location: ,
Client: Alrov Luxury Hotels
Interior Design: Piero Lissoni
Total Cost: US $60 million
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Ardon Bar Hama, Courtesy of Mamilla Hotel

   

Architecture City Guide: Singapore

Thanks to our readers’ help like, Jonathan Choe, we bring you an Architecture City Guide to . The city’s “recent prosperity and extremely dense urban situation has lead to a wealth of incredible architecture from architects around the world,” says Choe. Today we bring you only 12 buildings as a starting point. Please leave some of your favorites in the comment section below as we intend to expand it in the near future.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.
The Architecture City Guide: Singapore list and corresponding map after the break.

Flashback: Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum / Safdie Architects

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Flashback: One of Archdaily’s goals is to bring you up to date information about projects that are being designed and constructed around the world. We’ve created a new category to cover inspiring projects that were constructed between the 1990′s and the early 2000′s.

Architect: Safdie Architects
Location: HaZikaron, Jerusalem,
Client: Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority
Total Cost: $90 million
Project Area: 190,521 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Artscience Museum In Singapore / Safdie Architects

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Location: Singapore, Singapore
Project year: 2011
Photographs: SafdieArchitects, MBS Digital Media, Timothy Hursley

Marina Bay Sands / Safdie Architects

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Architects: Safdie Architects
Location: ,
Project Director: Moshe Safdie
Executive Architects: Aedas, Pte, Ltd.
Structural Engineering: Arup
Landscape Design: Peter Walker & Partners
Landscape Construction: Peridian International Inc
Site Area: 154,938 sqm
Project Area: 845,000 sqm
Budget: US $5.7 billion
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Safdie Architects