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Architect gives Kernzer the edge

23 October 2006

SINGAPORE — As reported by Reuters: "Frank Gehry, the architect who helped put the Spanish city of Bilbao on the map with his shimmering Guggenheim Museum, may be about to do the same for Singapore.

"Gehry says he has no interest in casinos, but his design — of two translucent, rippling buildings — for a $3 billion-plus gaming resort in Singapore could help Kerzner International beat two other bidders in the contest for the landmark project.

"…His plan features two glass-and-steel structures which undulate like billowing sails, while the glass facade is veined with fibre optics so that the waterfront building on Singapore's Sentosa island will glow with images and light.

"…Analysts say Gehry's star power gives Kerzner an edge over its two rivals — Malaysian leisure firm Genting, which teamed up with theme parks giant Universal Studios, and a group including U.S. resorts builder Mark Advent, Australian tycoon James Packer and Macau's casino mogul Stanley Ho.

"…Gehry's appeal is that his buildings, with their distinctive curvaceous forms and reflective surfaces, have often become tourist attractions in themselves…"

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