Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Safdie in Singapore

Moshe Safdie is designing an enormous casino development in Singapore. Safdie, the Montreal architect of Habitat 67, intended the development to resemble playing cards, and the effect is fairly brutal--a row of concrete towers connected at the roof to form a park of sorts. It appears oddly from the mid-twentieth century, but maybe I'm just influenced by tower-in-the-park housing projects I've seen recently. Here's one model from wikipedia:

The project is well underway and part of a broader strategy by the Las Vegas Sands to expand Southeast Asian operations beyond Macao.

What a bizarre industry.

Hat tip: CA.