Friday, January 20, 2012



Glass: Interesting Windows, Unique Displays, Beautiful Collections...what glassy things can you find to share from your town?

Glass exterior of LaSalle College of the Arts.

A glass bowl that have been with me for almost 33 years, it was a wedding gift from a relative.

Some of my glassware collection.

Beautifully decorated window display at Tangs during the Christmas sale.

Water droplets on my glass window.

Stained glass window on the dome of a museum.

I love this shot , the reflection of a street can be seen on one side of the glass window while what's being sold in the shop is clearly seen on another side.

ION Orchard, a very famous mall with glass exterior including the roof of the porch. The small glass enclosure on street level is the entry to the Mass Rapid Transit train which runs underground.

A cavernous glass dome on the enormous construction site of the Gardens by the Bay is set to become Singapore's newest tourist attraction. The 1.2ha dome - slightly larger than the size of two football fields - is 38m high, and its interior is cooled to temperatures of between 17 deg C and 25 deg C. It is slated to become 'the crown jewel of the downtown Marina Bay'.
This replicates the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions such as South Africa and parts of Europe, and will house a variety of plants, ranging from olive and bottle trees to tulips and grape vines. The dome was open to visitors for the first time during the World Orchid Conference in November. Its official opening will be in June 2012, together with the Bay South Gardens, one of the Gardens by the Bay's three parts. It takes approximately 6 months for the plants to mature and settle into their new environment.

The two conservatories were designed with environmental sustainability in mind, applying cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling. The facade of the 1.2-hectare Flower Dome is made up of 3,300 special glass panels, which let in the sunlight while keeping the heat out. This allows the conservatory to mimic the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean. To ensure energy efficiency, only areas occupied by plants and visitors will be cooled.

The conservatory is divided into smaller gardens featuring plants such as poppy flowers from California and Cat's Paw plants from Australia. One of the gardens - the Flower Field - will have changing displays including tulips and lavender. The conservatory will also have an event space which can be rented out for weddings and other functions. There will also be two restaurants within the conservatory - one serving Mediterranean cuisine and the other, Chinese.
This photo was taken in August 2011, still in the construction process, can't wait for it to open in June!

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Ann said...

you kept your wedding gifts in pristine condition. I hope you didn't use it, other some careless person knocks it.

Gattina said...

Beautiful, very artistic pictures !

GingerV said...

Jama, good morning from Brasil - I of course, am facinated with the glass archetecture - the domes to house gardens are wonderful. I think that you have shown us the a portion of the ARTS building before (?) I love the angles and the light through its windows.

Bagman and Butler said...

The art institute looks like it was designed by Salvadore Dali - I love it. And your semi-reflective window, of course. I also enjoyed the description of the Garden's by the Bay -- a blog full of enjoyment for the eye and mind. The more of your blog that I see the more I think I need to visit Singapore.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

The architecture is amazing. Your photos are great. I too like the reflection in the window. Enjoyed your post.

Rebecca said...

I am just fascinated with those architectural designs. Wow, they are impressive.

EG Wow said...

This is a great collection of glass photos, Jama! I LOVE the glass photos at the conservatories.

moni sertel said...

Dear Jama,
what a wonderful glas collection! I love glass too, because I love the reflections.
Have a nice weekend ♥ moni

DawnTreader said...

You have some impressive glass architecture!

~JarieLyn~ said...

Wow, I think I need to come to Singapore for my photo ops. The architecture in the buildings you have showcased are amazing. I don't think I've ever seen a boring or BLAH picture from you. Love the window displays too.

Pauline said...

It's not just the fantastic architecture, you and your camera bring things to life for me. Amongst my "treasures" I have a dish, pretty sure it is exactly the same as yours, that was a gift from my grandmother.
I love your raindrops shot!
I look forward to the opening of the Dome and the delights I am sure you are going to share with us.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

I may be leaving my comment on the wrong comment form; there were so many photos I've looked at I'm not sure if I've gone beyond. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your beautiful photography! The young guy with the hoop with lights or flares on; that came out rather special; alongwith with every other one. Wel done!

J9 said...

such beautiful and unique architecture and use of glass in buildings in Singapore - great shots!