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Hi Marco, the buildings have different architects.

The "South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute" building was designed by an Australian firm called Woods Bagot.  https://www.woodsbagot.com/news 

The Singapore one is by DP Architects. What tends to happen is that they all subscribe to the same glossy architectural magazines and once something works somewhere, others adapt it to their local conditions. The Singaporean building representing a local fruit is a good adaption. Every leading city now wants a signature building (ie: the Shard in London; the Empire State Building, New York; the Sydney Opera House). Here in Melbourne, we don't have one. We have lane ways, coffee shops and trams. All very understated. 

There was the case from a few years ago of an Australian architect 'borrowing' the design features of a museum in Berlin for his own museum here. It looked like a copy to us. 


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Rob, thank you very much for your prompt reply and the exhaustive explanation. I believe that emulating the work of other people is quite innate (after all we photographers do this quite often, either consciously or unconsciously). Still, in this case the resemblance of the patterned components covering the two building is quite stunning.

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