10 Things You Didn’t Know About Marina Bay Sands

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands has gained a reputation as one of Singapore’s most iconic spaces. Over the decades, its ascent into one of Singapore’s best lifestyle destinations has been marked with an array of small accomplishments that have helped put it on the map. Here are 10 of its most memorable ones:

Water Conservation on a Grand Scale

At Marina Bay Sands, sustainable design melds with functionality. It has recycled close to 12.6 million litres over the last nine years from its rain harvesting systems—on the roof of ArtScience Museum and the Rain Oculus feature at The Shoppes,. This water has been reused to irrigate the landscape, maintain its water features, and in the museum’s bathrooms and reflecting pool.

Expert Shopping Help

Marina Bay Sands is the only luxury mall in Singapore to offer a personal shopping service. Think a chaperone who’ll drive you around in a buggy to each of the mall’s boutiques, where a dedicated personal shopper will give valuable insight on your shopping selections and offer you intimate access to limited edition pieces and the latest collections.

Garden to Table

Marina Bay Sands has its own Herb Garden located outside Rise Restaurant at Hotel Tower 1. Measuring 170 square metres, the garden grows over 100 edible plants which are used in restaurants owned and operated by the integrated resort. Every day, 800 to 1,200g of herbs are harvested for use as garnishes, and in cocktails and teas. A drip irrigation system, powered by solar panels, is used to water these plants and shrubs, thereby avoiding wasteful spraying.

World-Class Culture

Hollywood’s crème de la creme, world-class blockbusters, music acts and critically-acclaimed performances have all graced Marina Bay Sands' red carpet and distinguished theatre. It has earned renown as being the first or only Asian stop—as in the case of Aladdin The Musical—of many international acts. It's also where legendary performers have returned to perform to a full house. Case in point: The Rolling Stones’ 2014 concert, when the tickets sold out in just an hour despite it being their third appearance here.

Dazzling Night Lights

The nightly Spectra outdoor light and water show uses multiple fountain techniques, more than 110 types of laser and a 12m-high glass prism to tell the story of Singapore’s growth. In fact, the underwater LED fixtures on Marina Bay were designed just for Spectra.

Insta-Worthy Art

ArtScience Museum’s permanent exhibition, Future World: Where Art Meets Science has been an Instagram mainstay since its launch in 2016. Created in collaboration with by Japanese art collective teamLab, the exhibition is constantly refreshed. TeamLab was also commissioned to create the Digital Light Canvas, a multi-sensory digital attraction, for The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands in 2017.

Stunning Installations

Drift by Antony Gromley, which is part of Marina Bay Sands’ Art Path, is the largest integrated art commission n Singapore. Weighing 14.8 tons (approximately 13,400kg). It sits between Levels 5 and 12 of Marina Bay Sands Hotel's Atrium. Sixty workers from different areas of expertise aided in its assembly and installation.

Global Flavours

Not just Singapore's premium dining destination, Marina Bay Sands is the only establishment of its kind here with the most number of bars under one roof. Its Social Hour cocktail programme on Tuesdays alone has a record number of 11 participating bars.

With close to 800,000sqft of retail space, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is home today to 270 boutiques and restaurants, including Singapore’s biggest assembly of luxury duplex stores and flagship concepts—18 in all—including Gucci, Chanel and Moncler.

The Louis Vuitton Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and the only one in the world to be on water. Peter Marino, who designed the interiors of this glass and crystal pavilion expressed its nautical inspiration through the use of timber and stone—taken from ships and harbours and slipways respectively.