The National Library of Singapore
If all Malaysian libraries are built this way, with lots of space, and areas to park yourself and read, I think more of us will go reading.
I was walking pass this building with an airy design as I walked towards the Esplanade the other day and I suddenly realised this is a library!
It’s modern, practical, and functional.
The stage out in the open is yet another example of minimalist at work. Simple, straight lines but totally functional as a proper stage for recitals or poetry reading.
Compared to the old building next to the MPH on the hills (it’s already gone now, of course), I prefer the classic look of the former building. But times have changed, and the old building wasn’t designed for huge pedestrian traffic, so I guess it made sense to do something like this.
The whole Bras Basah/Queen Street/Victoria Street area is being transformed gradually. I remember the times when we could go to the street opposite Bras Basah Complex where the hawkers were still allowed to set up stalls by the roadside.
The fishball noodles were superb, though the hawker was quite snobbish, but, he earned his right to be so.
Anyway, the Singapore skyline has changed for the better (I hope), but the totally sanitised design makes you wonder if the architects have totally lost their human touch… maybe that’s the problem when you used too much CAD/CAM.
sigh… I missed my T-Square and Drafting Boards.