The mammoth complex of Marina Bay Sands® dominates the entire Bayfront area and has put its definitive stamp on the Singapore skyline ever since its stunning silhouette was unveiled in 2010.
Comprising a hotel, celebrity restaurants, convention centre, shops, theatres, a museum and an event plaza, among other facilities, the complex sprawls out over 155,000 square metres.
A massive SkyPark®
Designed by acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, the structure captivates with its three sloping towers soaring 200 metres from the ground to be linked at the top by the expansive SkyPark®. This gives the visitor 360-degree views of the city’s skyline and contains lush gardens, jogging paths, a public observatory, an infinity swimming pool and the world’s largest public cantilevered space. Indeed, the building is a marvel of engineering—no surprise it was featured on an episode of National Geographic’s documentary television series Megastructures.
Other highlights include the ArtScience Museum, shaped like an unfolding lotus bloom and anchored by a dramatic waterfall. The building’s ‘petals’ rise at different heights, sheathed in a polymer often used for yachts, to achieve a sense of gleaming lightness.
Look out also for the two crystal pavilions that seem to jut out of the water near the museum. These faceted glass and steel structures house shops, with angular walls designed to contrast with the complex’s overall curvilinear form.
Before your day comes to an end, be sure to catch Spectra, a free-to-public outdoor water and light show by Marina Bay Sands®. The show chronicles the Singapore story alongside a mesmerizing of display of music, water and light. Spectra is the first of its kind, featuring a 12-metre high laminated glass prism and state-of-the-art water fountain technologies, including pyramids, gyroscopic arcs and straight jets, as well as lava and mist effects.
Whether you catch a show, share a romantic dinner or explore the glamorous boutiques inside, a walk outside by the Bay is a must to finish off any visit. Day or night, you’ll be mesmerised as the colours of the changing sky are reflected on the gleaming surfaces of this architectural marvel.