A Total TaiTai Tale

Tale of a Total TaiTai who was in Beijing & Beyond and is now in Singapore & Surroundings!

Tag: architecture

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Inside The Hive.

One of the thing I like about Singapore is that you are always welcome to venture inside buildings and this was no exception, the only requirement was like in any other buildings, to check-in and have our temperature check, then we were welcome to explore the different floors.

Designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, The Hive is Heatherwick Studio’s first major building in Asia. The building consists of 12 eight-storey towers arranged around a public atrium. The towers taper towards the base and house 56 corner-less classrooms. The concrete stair and lift cores between the towers are embedded with 700 drawings from British artist Sara Fanelli that depict images from science, art and literature.

The building has received mixed reviews, with the Architectural Review saying that while “there is much to admire” about the building, “it gave off something of a forlorn car-park aesthetic”.

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There is no better motivation than urgency.

For one of us, it was time related and for the other one it was convenience.

With J leaving Singapore next week and me lacking a car soon after it gave us the motivation to make a quick detour in the west part of Singapore and the university to finally see in person The Hive.

The Hive, also known as the Learning Hub, is a building located in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The S$45 million building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and completed in 2015. Colloquially, the building is known as the “dim sum basket building” due to its likeness to the steamer baskets used to serve dim sum. [wikipedia]

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Lunch with the hubby in town.
I love the blend of old and new architecture you have at every corner in Singapore.

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When you realize that the parking lot you’ve been looking to photograph is the parking lot where you attend your new class.
10 floors in a spiral.

I have a slight fascination with parking lot in Singapore. There are either underground labyrinth or you have to go up in spiral for ages sometimes to reach them.
I’m always looking for them because they are usually a great vantage point for taking picture of the city 😉

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When you go to a friend’s place and discover she has the perfect view of the building you’ve been wanting to take a picture of ;-).

On a side note: Reflections at Keppel Bay was designed by Daniel Libeskind, who also created the masterplan for the World Trade Center Memorial.

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Lots of curves.

Wangjing Soho

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Inside Soho Galaxy.

It’s a great place for architecture photography (not my forte obviously!)

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Collage from my stroll around Galaxy Soho from a couple weeks ago when I was in the neighborhood for sketching class .

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I wished it hadn’t been so hot so I could have explored a little more.

But basically stayed either at a shaded cafe then the restaurant terrace and talk the entire time 😉

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I love these old Bauhaus style factory in the 798 Art district.

The 798 Art Zone or Dashanzi Art District (798艺术区 – 798 Yìshùqū), was originally a electronic factory area built in the mid-50s by the East Germans (with up to 20,000 workers on a total area of 500,000 square meter).

“The large indoor spaces were designed to let the maximum amount of natural light into the workplace. Arch-supported sections of the ceiling would curve upwards then fall diagonally along the high slanted banks or windows; this pattern would be repeated several times in the larger rooms, giving the roof its characteristic sawtooth-like appearance.”

It ceased its factory function in the mid-80s but became the center of art in the early 2000 when artists were looking for cheap and ample space.