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[Image: The "permutated cubes" of DesignAct's proposed Singapore Pavilion for the World Expo 2010].

It's Habitat 67 as redesigned by BIG in an era of heavily cantilevered structural glass, by way of Herzon & de Meuron, OMA, and perhaps a kind of aerialized Kengo Kuma, in this recent proposal by Singapore's DesignAct.
Their building, a finalist for the World Expo 2010 Singapore Pavilion, consists of "3866 cubes of modular sizes with varying levels of transparency."
However, it also makes me wonder how far cubist cantilevering might yet go in the next half-decade; push this design away from its oddly bovine form toward genuine abstraction – sheer accumulation as design strategy, with cubes randomly "permutating" into the sky, à la J.G. Ballard's Crystal World – and see what comes next.
Either way, in the design language race du jour, I'm all for cubes and rectilinearity, and against triangular tiling and large-scale webbing effects.
If it's cubes vs. triangles, cubes win.

(Spotted on Bustler).




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