National Library Concept Proposal

by Sunny Chong

“Vision of a World Library with 4 Million books.”

My aspiration is for Singapore to be the Heart and Soul of the world.

 

National Library

The journey to the development plan was so challenging yet exciting but sadly to say the journey to meet the respective civil servants was again just impossible! To cut the story short they advised me to keep my concept proposal confidential in case others will get hold of my idea. In the first place, I am not an architect by profession and if an ordinary person like me was prepared to spend so much money almost $25K including the model of the library to bring out the concept plan I didn’t care who was going to steal the idea. If the idea got to be stolen in this manner so be it because my primary concern was for the government to get all the best ideas for the library. This is what every caring citizen should do if they do care for Singapore. Moreover, I live in a spiritual world and not a Capitalism world because in a Capitalism world ideas make money so you must guide your property. But in spiritual world ideas that you have is God gift to you so you must share to uplift society. That is the first step to build a better world.

If the idea got to be stolen in this manner so be it because my primary concern was for the government to get all the best ideas for the library. This is what every caring citizen should do if they do care for Singapore. Moreover, I live in a spiritual world and not a Capitalism world because in a Capitalism world ideas make money so you must guide your properties. But in spiritual world ideas that you have is God gift to you so you must share to uplift society. That is the first step to build a better world.

Very sad to say the study by LIBRARY2000 is a business library!!

19 July 1993

The submission of the conceptual design for the National Library in Singapore is a declaration of principle. We sincerely hope that it will be acknowledged by the responsible authorities as a step in the right direction and will lead to a direct dialogue with the Client to establish the final brief.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sunflower Chong, who invited us to prepare the architectural design drawings based on her original idea of the pyramid. Sami Mousawi International has known Sunflower since 1985 when she introduced a new, advanced technology (GRC) into the construction of the infill panels of the upper-inner domes on the State Mosque of Sarawak. During her involvement in the project, she demonstrated great confidence and care in her work, together with an appreciation of our architectural identity based on the concept of a true contemporary interpretation of the cultural heritage of the place.

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