Minecraft player recreates Singapore’s Old National Library during circuit breaker

The virtual building got others to share their memories they had of the popular red-brick building.

Esther Lam (Writer)
Esther Lam (Writer)

Published: 12 May 2020, 12:15 PM

We’re more than halfway through the circuit breaker now. From spending hours on social media apps like Instagram and TikTok, to pampering ourselves with face masks and scented candles, we’ve all found different ways to occupy our time.

Previously, a Singaporean coder built a life-sized Jewel Changi Airport in Minecraft. This time, another Singaporean Minecraft player has rebuilt the demolished national icon Old National Library and shared it in a Reddit thread on Monday (May 11).

The historical building was closed on March 31, 2004 and demolished later that year in July. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/IREMEMBERSG

The user, ilubpokeman, shared that he spent six long hours gathering resources and building the library in the game. He also referred to the animation video by Robot Playground Media titled “Little Red Bricks (小红砖)” to ensure that he got his recreation right.

Fellow Minecraft players were impressed and many started sharing about their favourite memories of the building.

User icarus-2 wrote: “The National Library was one of the few places I was allowed to go by myself during my primary school days. It became a good excuse for me to pop by the Capitol and Odeon cinemas for some movies.”

Another, OneFootTitan, praised the work put in to rebuild the Old National Library in the game. However, he lamented that the smell of the place cannot be recreated.

“There was a distinctive smell to all the old books. I remember when the library finally introduced a library card with a barcode. I think it was called the ‘Octopus card’,” the user said.

User letterboxmind added: “Even the golden mile complex (which is not that old) has european design elements. It’s also interesting that the building was built to be a self-enclosed community – residential, business, commercial, F&B all in one building.”

Aside from this national icon, the Minecraft player had also posted another one of his virtual constructions, the Interlace Skyterrace, last month.

Take a look at the virtual Interlace Skyterrace on Minecraft. PHOTO CREDIT: REDDIT/ILUBPOKEMAN

Now that’s a creative way to make full use of your time during circuit breaker!

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