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Singapore’s Floating Apartment Building

Singapore Scotts Tower (Image courtesy World Architecture News.com)By Andrew Liszewski

Ok, so the building itself is not actually floating but the unique design of this apartment building gives the impression there’s not much holding up the residential dwellings. Created by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (or OMA) the Singapore Scotts Tower will be a 36 story, 153 meter tall tower located in the city’s shopping and lifestyle district and will include 68 high-end apartments.

The building’s design includes four individual apartment towers that are vertically offset from each other and suspended from a central core tower which is what makes it appear as if they’re floating. Besides being photo fodder for every tourist with a camera the lifted towers also reduce the building’s footprint leaving more room for park space and other leisure-related structures on the main floors.

I’ll agree that the building looks slick but I wonder how many potential customers are actually turned off by imaginative designs like this? I’m sure the engineering behind it is completely sound but people no longer have the feeling that tall buildings are indestructible given past events. (No matter how unique those events were.)

[ Singapore’s floating towers ] VIA [ Neatorama ]







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