Insight: Reflections at Keppel Bay


‘Reflections at Keppel Bay’ is actually the name to a residential complex in Keppel Bay, Singapore. Last year when I was in a short trip to Singapore, I had a glimpse of the project which is still under construction at the time, viewed far from an observatory tower in Sentosa Island. At the time, I already find the design to be very interesting and unique. Yesterday when I was in Popular bookstore, I saw an article from an architectural magazine highlighting this residential project, and that reminds me that I have seen it before last year, but just didn’t go and search more about it. The project was completed on December last year.

Reflections at Keppel Bay is a two-million-square-foot residential development comprised of 6 high-rise towers ranging from 24 and 41 stories and 11 low-rise villa apart­ment blocks of 6–8 floors– a total of 1,129 units. It is designed by Daniel Libeskind, a very famous international architect, while this project is his largest residential project in Asia.  The distinctive form and reflective appearance of the project caught my attention, and I believe it has now become not only an icon of Keppel Bay, but also a prominent and visually-captivating landmark to the beautiful city of Singapore. Here below is an excerpt from the brief of this project from Daniel Libeskind’s website.

The series of high-rise undulating towers is the focal point of this project. These sleek curving forms of alternating heights create graceful openings and gaps between the structures allowing all to have commanding views of the waterfront, Sentosa, the golf course and Mount Faber.

The design is composed of two distinct typologies of housing; the lower Villa blocks along the water front and the high-rise towers which over look them set just behind.  The artful composition of ever shifting building orientations, along with the differing building typologies, creates an airy, light-filled grouping of short and tall structures. These ever shifting forms create an experience where each level feels unique as it is not in alignment with either the floor above or below. No two alike residences are experienced next to one another or seen from the same perspective; the result of this design is a fundamental shift in living in a high-rise where individuality and difference is not sacrificed. 

The project was completed in December 2011 and is the  recipient of the BCA Green Mark Gold Award  from Singapore’s building and construction authority.

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The main website of this housing project: http://www.reflectionsatkeppelbay.com.sg/home.asp. There is a section in the website that shows the interview with Daniel Libeskind, the architect behind this awesome design who explained a bit on his design ideas and some of his thoughts on Singapore. (Here’s the link to that section: http://www.reflectionsatkeppelbay.com.sg/TA_IC.asp). Daniel Libeskind is one of my favourite architects, and this is really a cool contemporary design from him.

I would love to live in residential highrise buildings like this one. It’s simply amazing in terms of its marvelous design which is so catchy and appealing despite the towers are not very tall. I think it would be very expensive to buy a unit from this project. Only the rich could enjoy such lovely residences. This is by far one of my most favourite residential buildings in the world in terms of architecture. Daniel Libeskind did a great job, and he had produced another masterpiece, this time in Asia! Why not you come to Malaysia and design one also?

(Images from this post are from the forum thread of this project on skyscrapercity.com…well this website of forums is a very useful resource on looking for amazing up-to-date pictures of buildings around the world, especially skyscrapers)

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