Singapore lures 'starchitects' to casino project:
SINGAPORE is wooing top architects such as I.M. Pei and Daniel Libeskind to design an iconic casino building on a par with Sydney's Opera House and Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum.
The city-state, better known for its shopping malls and rigorous urban planning, now wants a breath-taking skyline. It has invited gaming firms to team up with leading architects, or 'starchitects,' when they submit proposals for two casino resorts that are expected to cost up to US$5 billion.
Across Asia, eye-catching designer buildings are as much a statement of economic achievement as about creating internationally recognizable marketing symbols, from Kuala Lumpur's soaring Petronas Towers to Beijing's National Stadium, shaped like a bird's nest and planned for the 2008 Olympics.
Singapore's most distinctive building so far is its waterfront performing arts center, the Esplanade, whose spiky domes have evoked comparisons to the prickly shell of the tropical durian fruit or to bugs' eyes.
If you want, I could put in a good word for you Atomizer. A building shaped like a bottle of gin would be eye catching now, wouldn't it?