Archive for February 24th, 2010


#55 nature-inspired architecture

Nature is an important source of inspiration for Finnish architecture, and art in general. A lot of buildings and designs derive their shapes from the vast areas of untouched nature around us.

Maybe that is why I found this building in Singapore the most interesting. It is the Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay, only opened in 2002 as the venue for performing arts in Singapore. It is colloquially called “the durian”, referring to the tropical fruit that it very much resembles in shape.

Durian is a challenge for me. I find its smell rather repulsively strong and strange, and haven’t managed to get used to its peculiar taste either during all my travels in Asia. Yet, locals consider it the king of fruits. For me, the smell is somehow petrollic, and the taste like overcooked onion.


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