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Architecture of Marina Bay Sands

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 26 Apr 2019  


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

 

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Marina Bay Sands' iconic Infinity Pool

On the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands sits the Sands SkyPark. Spanning 12,000 sqm – it can fit at least four A380 planes side by side – the space features restaurants, bars, 250 trees,the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck that offers 360-degree views of the city skyline, and the 150-metre long Infinity Pool

While you’re lounging in the pool, hidden mechanisms are at work. Given the height of these buildings, 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 structures steady.

The entire complex is also prone to settling into the earth over time, which could lead to serious issues in tilting (hello, Leaning Tower of Pisa!). That's why there are over 500 jacks beneath the structure to permit adjustments when required. In other words, these systems work hard to keep the Infinity Pool level.

 

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Complex curved towers

From far, Marina Bay Sands' Hotel towers appear as straight columns. But look closer, and you’ll notice that they’re actually slanted. Hotel 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 is in harmony with its surrounding environment – the number is considered prosperous bercause the individual digits add up to 8, a lucky number in Chinese culture.

 

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Sustainably designed, starting with the ArtScience Museum

The architecture of Marina Bay Sands is not just about aesthetics. Other hidden feats of construction can be spotted at the ArtScience Museum, which comprises 10 'fingers' anchored by a unique round base in the middle. The design of each finger reveals different gallery spaces featuring skylights at its 'fingertips' that illuminate the dramatically curved interior walls and reduce the need for additional lighting.

 

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Getting more from less

The Museum's roof channels rainwater through the central atrium of the building, creating a 35-metre water drop into a small pool. The rainwater is then recycled for use in the building's cooling systems. Energy-efficient elevators are also used to convert kinetic energy into electricity. 

These green 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). But that's only the beginning of Marina Bay Sands’ long-term commitment to the environment that includes resource conservation, waste management and using sustainable products and materials.

 

Want more? Check out ArtScience Museum's latest exhibitions here, or find out more about Singapore's best museums in this guide. Then retreat to your home-away-from-home by booking a stay at Marina Bay Sands

 

 

Getting to Marina Bay Sands 

Marina Bay Sands is located at 10 Bayfront Avenue, and is accessible by train, bus or car or foot.


For a concise list of directions and information, including parking information and airport transfers, click here. 

 

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