Famed architect Daniel Libeskind has completed construction on the first tower in a massive waterfront development on Singapore’s southern coast that claims to be ultra-green. Dubbed Reflections at Southern Bay, the project consists of six glass towers and 11 villa apartment blocks and feature views of the bay, Keppel Club golf course, local parks and Mount Faber.
The development — Libeskind’s first residential showcase in Asia — is a little crazy looking (and not in a good way), but 96% out of Reflections’ 740 already-launched units have been sold. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Libeskind is a well-known starchitect.
It’s hard to imagine a project as awkwardly shaped as Reflections being all that green — think of all the energy and resources that it takes to build all those customized parts needed to make those floppy-looking curved towers, and to make them structurally stable. Reflections does, however, feature one legitimate green credential: it took Singapore’s Green Mark Gold Award by the Building and Construction Authority in 2008, which means that it has achieved significant energy savings. Libeskind’s website also notes, “Lush sky gardens on sloping roof-lines… are linked by sky bridges, providing pockets of open spaces and platforms with 360-degree views of the spectacular surrounds including Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios Singapore.”
Still interested in snatching a spot at Libeskind’s development? So far one of Libeskind’s towers has been completed, and the project is expected to be finished in 2011.