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Floating High-Rise in Singapore.

This impossibly cool (or scary) residential high-rise building design in Singapore calls for 4 individual apartment towers suspended form a central core.

Link - via Boing Boing


If I were a terrorist (which IM NOT for all of those FBI agents looking at this! :P ) I think I know what point I would bomb to make it all go plop!
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Radically poor, absolutely stupid design, with no insight to what pleases the human soul. Only a wealthy drone would put out cash for something like this! It's a showpiece for those who want to show off, and there's enough nouveau riche dumbasses around to buy into mindless junk like this,, just because it's different.

Seriously, places like Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, and a few others have a seriously flawed idea about what "innovation" in architecture really means. These are primarily imitative cultures that are essentially doing Supersize MacArchitecture. It's crap; it's full of fat; and it's toxic to the communities that house it.

The whole thing looks like beehive culture. Buying a property in one of these monstrosities signifies two things: 1) the owner is wealthy; 2) the owner has no taste.

Of course, the mindless architectual drones who designed this thing - and others like it - will also delight in the criticsm they're sure to receive (except for the hopelessly banal and inbred architectual They will say the criticism indicates that their design is radically great, because, like the atention-getting lackies they are, they equate criticism with "vision".

The architects who designed this are dumbasses, and so are the developers and residents who build and buy the units.
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There's a building in downtown Seattle that seems similar in concept (with the building on top of a narrow "pedestal" base), although not nearly as radical in design. It's called the Rainier Tower, and it's been there since 1977. A picture can be found at the link below:

http://www-world.cac.washington.edu/admin/reo/images/metro/rainier.jpg
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Right, and if yuo look in the shadows of Rainer Tower, you'll see a patch of green surrounded by sky-blue fence, created by Robert Irwin. It's a brilliant piece that brings some human scale to the Rainer monstrosity.

btw, when Rainer was built, the same sentiment was driving it that droves these other absurd designs - i.e. a need to be chic, "cool", "different", "edgy", etc. It was a poor design then, and it still is. The beauty of the human spirit is that it can adapt to poor design, and begin to take it as second nature.

If anything, crap like Rainer and the Singapore concept are paeans to the human spirit; proof that we can adapt to almost any pile of crap that egomainiacs plop in our midst.
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Unfortunately, stupid ideas in architecture are nothing new. The way-too-admired Frank Lloyd Wright (a designer more than an architect, as real arcitects have to pay attention to structural engineering) left a legacy of form-over-function creations that today require constant upkeep, maintenance, and re-engineering to keep from collapsing upon themselves. "Falling(down)water" is but a single example of these... Not a great record for structures mostly still under 100 years old. Compare with the dome of the 15th century Cathedral Florence designed by Brunelleschi and then let me know who the *real* architect was.

Doing things for style alone that compromise ultimate durability of the structure is the work of a poor architect. Without knowing more about this apartment complex, it's a bit difficult to blast it that badly... yet. It does look like it might fall into that camp, though.
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