Bandar Seri Begawan's New Icon

I took the above photo last year during His Majesty's birthday celebrations in Bandar Seri Begawan. This was part of the exhibition of the new Bandar Seri Begawan.

This particular icon was part of the presentation. It is designed by a very good architect friend of mine who worked for the JKR. It is supposedly designed for the 100th anniversary commemoration of the formation of Bandar Seri Begawan on dry land. Remember, it was McArthur, the first British Resident who suggested that the capital moved to dry land in 1906.

It is an interesting design and would certainly lead to a lot of discussions as to the suitability of the design or where its location will be. At the moment, it will be placed at the wharf in between the two Yayasan buildings. So technically if you are in the middle of the yayasan (at the water fountain), one view will be the SOAS Mosque and the other will be this interesting icon. I am not going into the pros and cons of this thing but if you have any strong views about it, I guess you can comment on it. One thing I will say though, the views of Kampong Ayer from the water fountain will no longer be there.

Comments

nick said…
Welcome back! Was disappointed when you stopped your blog. Your historical forays are always informative & entertaining. keep it up!
G-`FerRo said…
I guess.. what we need.. is some sort of tower which have a 360 degree view of BSB including Kampung Ayer ...

.. at the moment some of "tugu" are priced in the 7 digits .. so might as well...built something ... which people can actually go inside the monument .. or Icon .. or structure ... make it a new land mark for Brunei ...

.. charged it if they may ... I'm sure.. if we have a 100m or so tower in the heart of BSB .. with 360 view ... people don't mind paying to enjoy the view ....

.... Just my humble thought ... hmmm...

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