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Architecture of Marina Bay Sands

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 27 Oct 2022  

A standout amongst the city's iconic skyline, Marina Bay Sands is an architectural wonder that beautifully blends Singapore's storied history with its pioneering future. The impressive structure features a 1.2 hectare SkyPark – notably, longer than the Eiffel Tower – sitting atop three hotel towers that were built at a rate of one hotel floor every four days during construction. The three 57-storey hotel towers overlook downtown Singapore, and stands at about 191 metres high.

Spanning over 120,000 square metres, the integrated resort comprises three hotel towers with a 200-metre-high rooftop observation deck and the Infinity Pool. Besides that, the integrated resort is also home to a museum, two theatres with 4,000 seats, a shopping mall with over 170 luxury and premium brands and a wide selection of top restaurants and bars in Singapore. The versatile expo and convention center housing one of the largest ballroom in Asia and an outdoor event plaza - a perfect spot to view the Spectra Show - can host up to 10,000 people.


City Skyline of downtown Singapore and Marina Bay Sands, an iconic landmark


Inspired integration

Much like the swirling lines of a fingerprint, a skyline gives a city its singular identity that separates it from all others. As one of the famous luxury hotels in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands has embossed its strong angles and sweeping contours on the impressions of locals and visitors alike.

Envisioned by eponymous architect Moshe Safdie, Marina Bay Sands was designed and developed to fit harmoniously with Singapore’s concept of a contemporary Garden City. Situated along the picturesque waterfront facing the Singapore Strait, the integrated resort comprises a diverse collection of handsome structures and interconnected public spaces that weave together to become the focus of civic life, an approach inspired by the great Roman cities of the past.


Birds eye view of Marina Bay Sands in downtown Singapore


Complex curved towers

From a distance, the three famous Marina Bay Sands hotel towers appear as straight columns. However, they are slightly slanted to a specific angle of twenty-six degrees. With a deck of cards being a key inspiration for Moshe Safdie, this sloping design is reminiscent of two playing cards leaned against the other to form a house of cards.


Close up of the hotel architecture at Marina Bay Sands


Artistic expression

Home to one of the world’s most sought-after addresses, Marina Bay Sands has redefined what it means to stay in a hotel. This 57-storey landmark has been host to a plethora of guests and events enamoured by the luxurious facilities, advanced amenities, and world-class service hospitality.

For many, these high expectations are set early by the striking design of the hotel architecture. This expressive aesthetic defiantly blurs the line between art and architecture; a showcase of Safdie’s building design philosophy that art plays an essential role in the public’s experience of any built environment.


Colourful wall art at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


With this belief spearheading his ideas, Safdie commissioned several artists such as British sculptor Antony Gormley, the late American conceptualist Sol LeWitt, and Chinese sculptor Zhan Wang to create original art and sculptures to adorn the hotel’s surfaces.

Visible from miles around, the hotel features three prominent towers capped by a long, jutting platform terrace. The roof is where you’ll find stunning attractions and unique experiences to begin your memorable journey at Marina Bay Sands.


Sunset view at the Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


Iconic Singapore Infinity Pool

Nestled amidst an oasis at the peak of decadence is the legendary Infinity Pool. Like the shimmering reflections off the surface of the azure water, the 151-metre long pool dazzles with its sleek design. Dip your toes in the water and swim to an edge that seems to vanish before your eyes. This magical illusion is the highlight of the pool’s sophisticated design.

Post swim, take a moment to unwind on one of the soft loungers and enjoy a chilled beverage as you soak in the sun and expansive views for a relaxing urban escape. Led by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, Spago Dining Room overlooks the Infinity Pool and offers Californian-fusion cuisine for an elevated dining atmosphere.


Birds eye view of the SkyPark Observation Deck


SkyPark Observation Deck

The SkyPark Observation Deck is one of the best spots in the city for uninterrupted views of the stunning cityscape. Perched on the 56th floor and over 60 metres in length, the deck is the longest occupiable cantilever structure in the world.

Beyond the sensational sights, the space is a brilliant backdrop for communal experiences with the building’s design incorporating a generous walking area, rooftop restaurants, and an event space for unique wellness experiences like SkyPark Yoga by Virgin Active.


Lotus-inspired Architecture of ArtScience Museum


Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum

Located alongside the scenic Marina Bay Sands waterfront, ArtScience Museum is where science, culture, and technology come together in an apex of pure creativity. A piece of art in and of itself, the building was designed as two major exhibition spaces centred around an open atrium with 21 gallery spaces spanning nearly 5,000 square metres.

The upper part of the building is a sculptural marvel resembling a blooming Lotus flower, housing exhibition spaces in each ‘petal’ with skylights illuminating the interior. The striking sculpture collects rainwater with an oculus in the centre of the dish-shaped roof, channeling into a 35-metre waterfall that can be viewed from the central atrium. Located beneath a lily pond, the lower floors of the museum feature another cluster of gallery spaces, including the permanent exhibition Future World: Where Art Meets Science.


Sustainable architecture of ArtScience Museum


Sustainable style

Consideration for the environment was inherent to the interior and structural design of ArtScience Museum. Rainwater from the roof is collected in a small reflecting pool and recycled for use in landscaping, water feature maintenance, and toilet flushing – these water efficiency initiatives result in nearly 1,400,000 litres of rain water being recycled each year.

Contributing to sustainability efforts are the use of LED lights and an energy efficient lighting system, a rigorous waste management strategy with over 50 per cent of all operational waste being recycled, and events to educate museum staff and visitors on sustainable practices.


Close-up shot of the architecture of Marina Bay Sands


Getting to Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is located at 10 Bayfront Avenue and is conveniently accessible by train, bus, or car. Appreciate the architecture up close and plan your visit with these directions to Marina Bay Sands.

Book a stay at one of the top luxury hotels in Singapore to experience this impressive architecture in person. While you are there, visit the ArtScience Museum and become an ArtScience Friends member to enjoy unlimited visits all year round, priority entry, and exclusive member previews of the latest exhibitions. Read on at our Singapore Travel Guide to find out more about Singapore's best restaurants and other remarkable tourist attractions around Marina Bay.


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