Beacon of hope or missed opportunity? Pearl Bank redesign gets mixed reception

Pearl Bank Apartments was vacated on April 30 following a $728 million collective sale acquisition by CapitaLand in February last year.
Pearl Bank Apartments was vacated on April 30 following a $728 million collective sale acquisition by CapitaLand in February last year.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - From an "awesome" feat of architecture to a "wasted opportunity", reactions to the design of the One Pearl Bank building have been mixed.

The 43-year-old Pearl Bank Apartments is being replaced by a new 39-storey condominium featuring two curved towers connected at the roof by sky bridges. It will also feature a "halo" that will light up at night like a beacon when it is finished in 2023.

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