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A bamboo bridge at Green School, Bali. (Shutterstock/File)
To many people, Southeast Asia is synonymous with ancient temples and historic monuments. But the region is also home to some of the world’s most modern and unique buildings.
As compiled by kompas.com, here are seven Southeast Asian buildings worth visiting.
Green School, Bali, Indonesia
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With the name Green School, it should come as to no surprise that the building is surrounded by greenery.
The eco-friendly school was constructed using natural resources, such as bamboo and local grass, and features traditional mud walls.
It uses renewable energy from a micro-hydro power system and solar panels.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
Suvarnabhumi Airport was designed by Helmut Jahn, an American-German architect.
The airport boasts the world’s tallest airport control towers and has a large terminal built out of steel and glass. It was designed with Thailand’s tropical climate in mind.
ArtScience Museum, Singapore
Singapore’s ArtScience Museum is a contemporary building located within the integrated resort of Marina Bay Sands.
Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the museum is often referred to as “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore”, as it has 10 extensions or “fingers”, each of which contains filters that capture natural light that is used to illuminate the museum.
Its shape is also reminiscent of a lotus flower.
Hei Tower, Hanoi, Vietnam
Designed by CMV Architects, Hei Tower is a skyscraper consisting of offices and a big commercial area.
The building is a mix of two tetrahedrons with a sleek and modern design. The tower also boasts a large park with surrounding greenery.
Henderson Waves, Southern Ridges Walk, Singapore
Made from a combination of steel and slats of Balau wood, a type of hardwood native to Southeast Asia, Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.
Its shape mimics that of a wave and has a length of 274 meters. The bridge is a popular spot for families and joggers, and at night it is illuminated by an array of LED lights.
CT Hub, Singapore
An industrial building, Singapore’s CT Hub was designed to represent a jewel as its facade contains a complex geometric pattern formed using digital LEDs.
It has an outdoor park, which was built to complement the building’s unique look.
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Petronas Twin Towers were designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli. It is the tallest set of twin towers in the world with a height of almost 500 meters.
With a floor count of 88, the towers are unique for its sky bridge and tall, elegant spires, which can be seen throughout Kuala Lumpur. (anm/kes)