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Fantastic Singapore Architecture: The Gateway

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Singapore is an incredibly cosmopolitan city, with everything from centuries-old buildings to contemporary high rises. Dan and I were so fascinated by the variety in the city that we couldn’t resist photographing some of the fantastic Singapore architecture we saw.

Okay, I confess: We actually have a slew of photos of the amazing buildings we saw in Singapore. Why? Because the city has a fantastic variety of them, from ultra-modern high rises to traditional buildings with British, Chinese, Malay or Indian features.

Here is one of our favorites:

The Gateway

This is The Gateway, designed by world-famous architect, I. M. Pei. It may look like a single building from this angle, but The Gateway is actually two separate, 37-story skyscrapers.

Completed in 1990, the two office buildings' official names are The Gateway East and The Gateway West, but we've heard that locals prefer to call them “two towering cardboard boxes.”

Pei's goal was to symbolize the ‘Gateway' to Singapore. Seen from the right angle, they sort of do. However, if you look closely, you will realize that the buildings were actually built as trapezoids, which accounts for the bizarre two-dimensional effect.

The Gateway Singapore


  • The Gateway is an office complex, so there isn’t much to see inside. However, if you want an excuse to enter and take a look around, the embassy of Mexico is located on the 3rd floor of The Gateway East.
  • If you’d like to photograph the architecture yourself, head to Beach Road in the downtown area of Singapore. The city’s hop on-hop off bus tour passes by as well (which is how we discovered a lot of the cool architecture we photographed).

Written by Linda

Linda is multilingual and has been to over 50 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages has inspired her to create As We Saw It with her husband Dan, a professional photographer. Her goal is to make travel easier for others and to offer a brief escape to another land.

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