Marina Bay Sands / Safdie Architects

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Architects: Safdie Architects
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Project Director: Moshe Safdie
Executive Architects: Aedas, Pte, Ltd.
Structural Engineering: Arup
Landscape Design: Peter Walker & Partners
Landscape Construction: Peridian International Inc
Site Area: 154,938 sqm
Project Area: 845,000 sqm
Budget: US $5.7 billion
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Safdie Architects


1. Hotel – 2,560 luxury rooms in three hotel towers, totaling 265,683 square meters (2,860,000 square feet)

2. Sands SkyPark – the three hotel towers are connected at the top (200 meters/656 feet) by a 9,941 square meter (107,000 square foot) park that brings together a public observatory, jogging paths, gardens, restaurants, lounges, and an infinity swimming pool

  • This 1.2 hectare (3 acre) tropical oasis is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall and large enough to park four-and-a-half A380 jumbo jets
  • It spans from tower to tower and cantilevers 65 meters (213 feet) beyond to form one of the world’s largest public cantilevers
  • It is 340 meters (1,115 feet) long from the northern tip to the south end
  • The park’s maximum width is 40 meters (131 feet)
  • The 1,396 square meter (15,026 square foot) swimming pool is the largest outdoor pool at its height and has a 145 meter (475 foot) vanishing edge
  • The entire park can host up to 3,900 people
  • Its lush gardens include 250 trees and 650 plants
roof plan

3. Casino – the “atrium style” casino features four levels of gaming and entertainment in one space totaling 15,000 square meters (161,500 square feet) with the atrium ceiling holding a 7 ton chandelier with 132,000 Swarovski crystals and 66,000 LEDs

4. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands – includes over 74,322 square meters (800,000 square feet) of retail and restaurant space

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5. Sands Expo and Convention Center – consists of 121,000 square meters (1.3 million square feet) of flexible convention and exhibition space, including one of the largest ballrooms in Asia with area of 8,000 square meters (86,100 square feet) and the capacity to host 11,000 people

6. Museum of ArtScience – is 15,000 square meters (161,500 square feet square feet) with 6,000 meters (64,580 square feet) of gallery space, a 3,000 square meter (32,290 square foot) lily pond at grade and has a palm measuring 80 meters (260 feet) in diameter reaching 62 meters (203 feet) above grade and 11 meters (36 feet) below grade

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7. Theaters – the two theaters are 21,980 square meters (236,600 square feet square feet) with a combined 4,000 seats

8. Crystal Pavilions – the 5,914 square meters (63,660 square feet) Crystal Pavilions house shops and nightclubs and are the first and steel structures to be set in Marina Bay

9. Event Plaza – is 5,000 square meters (54,000 square foot) and capable of hosting 10,000 people for a diverse range of local and international live performances

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Public Art

Marina Bay Sands integrates seven site-specific works by artists handpicked by Moshe Safdie to enhance the visitor experience. The Art Path features large-scale public works by artists including:

  • James Carpenter, Blue Reflection Facade with Light Entry Passage
  • Antony Gormley, Drift
  • Ned Kahn, Wind Arbor, Rain Oculus and The Tipping Wall
  • Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #917, Arcs and Circles and Wall Drawing; #915, Arcs, Circle and Irregular Bands
  • Chongbin Zheng, Rising Forest

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Cite: "Marina Bay Sands / Safdie Architects" 26 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>

    I love this building.
    Is original, nice and modern.

  • oded

    so big! so bad! so out of scale!!!

    • 6000miles

      wow, that’s so weird.

    • SG

      do u happened to see this bldg in person??? u talked rubbish, so what is the good proportion of scale do u know? are u an architect? if it so, u dnt have a good design taste.

  • kc

    everything is so out of scale it makes my eyes bigger, but where are the sweet photos of the swimming experience at the top – which is, in fact, the best part of the project?

    • ng soo

      Don’t worry not only the building got swimming pool. the whole singapore turn into a big swimming pool, just right after this project completed. Flooded of the year. Haha!

  • Miguel

    To me, the most impressive thing is the swimming pool on the top of the building(s):

    (I have nothing to do with the website :))

    I would never swim there as I have vertigo!!! :P

    • amonle

      I was wondering about that too. How could they not have photos of the pool!!??

  • markus

    too big, too out of scale, too las vegas. some nice interiors though. i definitly like his early works in the book `to everyone a garden` much better. too bad most of them were to far ahead for their time. nice and playful utopist dreams anyhow.

  • jiri k.

    It reminds me of project of one czech artist (David Cerny). Unforunately not finished:

    • NF

      not finishesd?!?!
      are you crazy? that’s an aircraft carrier on top of the twin towers..

  • johnny

    dont think I’ve ever read so many numbers in a review! Lived in Singapore for a year, and to be honest, I quite like it (from a distance). Not everything has to be the biggest in the world to make it the best! (Which is why the London Eye is still better than the Singapore Flyer.)