Opened and fully operational in 2010, just 5 years after the start of construction, the gigantic Marina Bay Sands complex forever changed the face of Singapore. It became the dominant architectural landmark for all the surrounding areas adjacent to the bay, and a globally recognized attraction. Unique expirience, especially when you got used to play online with no deposit bonuses.
This is a true marvel of engineering, as such complex and multifaceted projects are rare for designers and builders. The complex includes not only three 55-story hotel towers with 2600 rooms, but also a landscaped waterfront promenade, two state-of-the-art theaters seating 4000, the ArtScience Museum (ASM), the SkyPark observation deck, renowned restaurants, the Shoppes shopping center boasting the largest collection of prestigious designer boutiques in Asia, a casino, conference facilities, and even technical and service areas, including underground spaces.
The implementation of all these components of the project was carried out simultaneously, making Marina Bay Sands one of the largest and most complex construction sites engineers have ever dealt with.
The integrated resort spans 155,000 square meters. In its underground part lies the so-called "Heart of the Building," created for over 10,000 people who daily ensure the smooth operation behind the scenes of such a massive structure. The hidden underground spaces are located beneath the span of the towers and were conceived as a "mini-city" with two service canteens, an area for viewing educational films and conducting culinary masterclasses for staff, a wardrobe housing more than 160,000 uniform items, and a 24-hour shop. Moreover, the branched system of underground pedestrian corridors even has an exit to the metro station (MRT). It's a veritable subterranean state!
The awe-inspiring Marina Bay Sands structure, designed by Moshe Safdie with the involvement of an international team of experienced consultants, soars 194 meters above the ground. On the 57th floor, it's crowned with the world's largest suspended public space - the SkyPark, spanning 1.2 hectares. Here, you'll find a lush garden, a 151-meter-long landscaped pool, a public observatory measuring 66.5 meters, as well as cafes and restaurants, all against the backdrop of the stunning panorama of Singapore.
While swimming in the rooftop pool of Marina Bay Sands, an amazing impression is created as if the water spills over the edge of the roof, cascading into a 200-meter abyss. The "wow" effect of the water seamlessly merging with the panorama is mesmerizing. Initially, it can be intimidating to approach the edge. However, the structure is meticulously designed and secure. As you get closer to the "precipice," a double barrier opens up to protect against falls.
At Marina Bay Sands, art and architecture are inseparable. Part of the project's budget was intentionally allocated to creating public art objects. As a result, visitors to the complex encounter contemporary art pieces literally at every step. Throughout the resort, there are artistic installations by globally renowned artists. For example, high under the atrium ceiling, there is the stainless steel sculpture "Drift" by one of the most famous British monumental sculptors, Antony Gormley.
Moshe Safdie visited Antony many times in his London studio and later recalled, "Antony and I spent a lot of time lying on the floor in his studio, looking at various models suspended from the ceiling, to imagine the sensations that the installation would evoke for the visitors of Marina Bay Sands...". But most of them will never know the incredible efforts put into creating this seemingly weightless work. For the delivery and installation of the art object, it was cut into eight horizontal parts, each about three meters in height. Over sixty workers of various specialties, from engineers to welders, were involved in its assembly and installation. Despite its outward airiness and lightness, the structure weighs a hefty 15 tons!
The project is seamlessly connected to the street by a grand vestibule with an atrium, providing a "seamless" blend of indoor and outdoor public spaces. The flow of people is organized in such a way as to provide free, intuitive orientation and integrate the resort complex into the social life of the city.
The waterfront, extending for over a kilometer, is intended to become an integral part of the project, seamlessly integrated with its indoor spaces. To achieve this, it was conceived as a continuation of the already equipped promenade along the river, complete with shops, food kiosks, and lively parties.
You can even take a boat ride along the shopping galleries at Marina Bay Sands. Photo: Bahnfrend.
On the squares of the Marina Bay Sands shopping center, you can find anything you want. But what is especially surprising is the huge selection of furs and coats, considering Singapore's hot climate. Throughout the year, the temperature here remains roughly the same - around 30 degrees Celsius, and it doesn't drop below 20 degrees Celsius.
The internal shopping areas are organized as multi-level galleries, allowing them to maintain a sense of openness, airiness, and be filled with natural daylight. The galleries also serve as a guarantee of clear orientation when moving between the spaces of the complex, acting as distinctive "overview corridors" physically and visually connecting the hotel building to the waterfront.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is a widely known shopping and entertainment complex. Photo provided by the Singapore Tourism Board.
The Marina Bay Sands complex is more than just a few interconnected buildings and spaces. The project literally transformed urban space and became its central element, giving a new, now familiar and globally recognized rhythm to the architectural skyline of Singapore.