View of Marina Bay Sands Hotel and ArtScience Museum in DaylightView of Marina Bay Sands Hotel and ArtScience Museum in Daylight


Iconic to Singapore’s skyline is an architectural marvel with environmentally sustainable features and advanced design concepts


An infinity pool with a view of the Singapore skyline

On the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands sits the Sands SkyPark. Measuring 1.2 hectares (12,000 sqm) – it can fit at least four A380 planes side by side – the space features restaurants, bars, 250 trees, an observation deck that offers 360 degree views, and of course the 150-metre long infinity pool

While you’re lounging in the pool though, hidden mechanisms are at work. Since the buildings are of such height, strong winds from the seas off Singapore would cause the towers to sway. Counteracting these forces are four movement joints right under the main swimming pools that are designed to withstand the natural movement of the towers, keeping the structure steady. 

Another consideration is that since the buildings are of such weight, the entire complex is prone to settling into the earth over time. This could lead to some serious issues in tilting, which is why there are more than 500 jacks beneath the structure to permit adjustments when required. In other words, these systems work hard to keep the infinity pool level. 


Complex curved towers

From far, the hotel towers look as though they’re straight columns. However on closer inspection, you’ll find that they’re actually slanted. Tower 1, in particular, has a slope of 26 degrees. Why 26 degrees? According to Feng Shui – the art of orienting buildings and objects such that everything harmonies with its surrounding environment – the number is considered prosperous since the individual digits add up to 8, a lucky number in Chinese culture.

Lobby of hotel tower

Dedicated to environmentally friendly designs

The architecture of Marina Bay Sands is not just about aesthetics. Other invisible feats of construction include the environmental systems that collect rain water at the ArtScience Museum, which are then recycled throughout the complex for the cooling systems. The buildings also use energy efficient elevators that convert kinetic energy from their motion into electricity. The resort's design also allows abundant natural daylight to illuminate indoor areas, reducing the need for additional lighting. 

These efforts and more have resulted in Marina Bay Sands obtaining the ISO 20121 Sustainable Events Management System certification for its MICE facility, and being conferred the Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). However these green efforts are just the beginning of Marina Bay Sands’ long-term commitment to the environment which include resource conservation, waste management, and using sustainable products and materials.