Matador Community member Aiste Stancikaite photographs the trippy cityscape of Singapore.
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I GOT HELD UP at Singapore customs and missed my bus, but then was saved by a Singaporean guy who helped me to get to the city.
On the way, my new friend saw my wide open eyes jumping from one skyscraper to another and asked if the country I was from was flat.
First I thought he was talking about hills and mountains, but then I realized he was actually asking about the height of the buildings – that’s what forms Singapore’s landscape.
Massive blocks of flats or office buildings create a very specific and almost surreal atmosphere, giving a lot of character to the city. It’s not a universal kind of beauty like the old towns of Europe, but it’s interesting. Sometimes you need to lift your head very high to see the sky, but if you are on the 40th floor (or higher), you can take it all in.
The sky is crowded
Looking at the sky in Singapore is never monotonous with all the buildings around to make it more interesting. However, those who don't like "urbanised" sky need to go to up all the way to the 40th floor.
Residential buildings in Singapore always have some leisure space around. People who live there come to exercise, have a walk, talk to their neighbours, have a drink, or just simply sit on the bench and relax. There is always separate space for children where the ground is soft so the kids don't get hurt while playing.
Fitting it all in
Singapore is a small and compact city but quite often it might seem the opposite. For example, looking at this huge amphitheatre in the city centre.
Residential buildings in Singapore always have a small courtyard. But since the buildings are so tall, it's always pretty dark there with only little little light coming in from the top.
Hundreds and hundreds of windows.
If somebody asked which window was mine, it would be extremely difficult to explain.
A modern-day LEGO city
Different heights, different shapes. Sometimes Singapore looks like a LEGO city.
Room with a view
Around 85% of Singapore's flats belong to the government. These flats usually do not have private balconies, just big common ones, part of which you can see in this picture.
Getting friendly with the neighbours
Sometimes blocks of flats are extremely close to each other. Half of the people who live there don't really need a TV -- they can watch their neighbours instead. Live stream a reality show straight through the window!
The sky on fire
Massive clouds make all the monstrous buildings look very tiny, and like the sky is on fire. Book flights to Singapore and see the city from above.
Aiste Stancikaite works with images and texts to tell stories about places and people. She has finished her degree in Fine Arts and since then is travelling and doing different creative projects around the world. At the moment Aiste is exploring Asia with a photo camera in hand. You can follow her journey and see some more works at Tea Shot.