There’s a limit to the number of old Star Trek episodes you can watch on a long haul flight without succumbing to the temptation of sitting down low in your seat and shouting loudly “I canna hold her much longer Capt’n! She’s breaking up!” in a broad Scots accent.
So it came to be that I watched a good portion of Transformers 2 before being saved by our final descent into Singapore.
I’ve long admired the Public Utilities Building, in Somerset Road. Designed in 1971 by the now defunct Group 2 Architects, this was a robust example of the Brutalist style. Recently however, the PUB has undergone something of a transformation itself and has emerged, re-clad in a shiny new suit.
While the original forms have been retained, the sharper edges and crisp material give it the appearance of a giant yet sleek machine. I just can’t figure out whether it’s friendly or not.
Just across the road, the massive Orchard Central retail centre has now opened. It too, seems to be made of an unspecified series of folded panels. Perhaps it could simply eject all the empty tenancies and make itself smaller?