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Mario Bellini: Born to design

Famed Italian architect- designer Mario Bellini has created works that are now iconic pieces

Published on Jul 19, 2014 6:55 AM

After a day of exploring Singapore, Italian design maestro Mario Bellini is in awe. But it is not the new architecture or the glittering skyline that impresses him.

The 79-year-old, regarded as one of the best architect-designers of his time, is enamoured of older buildings and the preservation of green pockets in the city.

For example, he describes old shophouses in Blair Road as historical gems and marvels at how the green expanse of The Padang in St Andrew's Road has been retained.

Bellini, who has been in transit at the Changi Airport many times but saw the city for the first time two weeks ago, says: "It would have been such a crime to destroy the historical roots of this place. These same contemporary, modern buildings can be found everywhere else.

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