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Marina Bay Sands / Safdie Architects

  • 01:00 - 26 July, 2010
Marina Bay Sands / Safdie Architects
Marina Bay Sands / Safdie Architects, Courtesy of Safdie Architects
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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Project Director

    Moshe Safdie
  • Executive Architects

    Aedas, Pte, Ltd.
  • Structural Engineering

  • Landscape Design

    Peter Walker & Partners
  • Landscape Construction

    Peridian International Inc
  • Budget

    US $5.7 billion
  • Area

    154938.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Safdie Architects

From the architect. Program

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

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

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

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 glass 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

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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rach · October 11, 2014

what is the architectural style of it??? can anyone answer me?

Arup · December 08, 2014 06:44 AM


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Arup · December 08, 2014 06:45 AM

i know right?!

Steven Dornbusch · August 24, 2012

Moshe Safdie is not a "great indian [sic.] artist architect". Too funny.

TheNSxipoArc · April 09, 2012


Mike Bond · March 28, 2012

I like these giant vaginas in the interior. No, really. ;)
And, btw, luxury buildings of that kind always lack poethry and integration. Investors tend them to look "shiny&cool" for an average client with money.
But I find the pool pretty stunning. Would like to take a swim there one day. ;)

Arup · December 08, 2014 06:46 AM

Poetry* Dumbass

Jesus Manzanilla · March 27, 2012

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Yampiero · March 27, 2012

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AllAboutDoor&Windows · March 24, 2012

SWEET hotel in Singapore. The bottom quadrilateral that spans through all towers is all glass/steel. #geekingout

Emma · March 23, 2012

Having been there, I have to say I've never liked the exterior. You can't hide kitsch with shiny, flashy materials. However, the interior is pretty amazing.

Vega Product Reviews · January 14, 2012

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Thom Torvend · July 19, 2011

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Meta_ Archi · January 30, 2011

I'm wondering how could this happen?!
Where is the architecture? Integration, respect, culture, surrounding landscape,... ??!!

Eduardo S. · December 01, 2010

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Bel · November 03, 2010

I live in Singapore and so I get to see the Marina Bay Sands all the time. Architecture is really a matter of personal taste, so everyone is entitled to their opinions, but to me I think it is pretty awesome and I'm glad that we are finally beginning to see some world-class architecture in this little speck of an island.

I think what is even more amazing is the engineering feats that have been achieved in the building of this project. The 150-metre infinity pool is a great example. It straddles the three hotel towers on the 57th floor, 200 metres from the ground! So imagine the engineering that had to go into it to ensure it withstands gravitational and wind forces. Absolute genius.

I think it was built by a Singapore-based company called Innovez Sports (kudos to MBS for using local firms), there is actually a video on youtube that shows the building of the pool. Search for it by typing "building skypark pool".

Melita · March 29, 2015 05:02 PM

Hear hear Bel - a lot of proper appreciation in what you say. It is the most amazing, beautiful , incredible hotel building inside and out! And you live there so you know what you are talking about. Good for you!

Jeffrey Boo · October 08, 2010

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Crystal Hoyer · September 16, 2010

Super mooi gemaakt!!!

abe · September 07, 2010
stw · September 07, 2010

the building sculptural forms is nice, from a bigger view point together with the function of the buildings, is like a sexy foreign prostixx coming from afar and want to make money in this international financial/business city and just walking distance..!!! i prefer oub,uob and ocbc by tange and pei...!there are distinguishable and yet friendly to the other towers around them..!!but these 3 towers shows gangsterism..!!!

Adid Acevedo · August 18, 2010

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Qi-Guang · August 10, 2010

I want to visit the Marina Bay Sands!

ik · August 05, 2010

just love it!

Mies van der Rohe · August 04, 2010

Marina Bay Sands / Safdie Architects The least I can say is that it&#39s interesting. I&#39m speechless...

ryan · July 31, 2010

ummmm .... barf.

Also, all the positive comments on the interior, yet it is almost much too provocative and overtly sexual. I don't think i would like to find myself riding up that escalator.

JK · July 30, 2010

very awkard from outside...
bt this happens all the time regardless of architect's intention. we cant just blame an architect..sigh..

luizacomz · July 29, 2010

Dizem que é arquitetura, eu ainda fico com megalomania e sadismo.

R Goldschmidt · July 29, 2010

Sorry, Moshe Safdie, I like the interiors, they are outstanding, and I really like the artistic shape you've made and the artistic installation in the lobby, but the exterior is to Vegas to me. Probably you made a big compromise with the owners. I hope that you will delight us with some great artistic project on the future, and hope that such compromise will no made you a commercial architect. And SG even that oded is not an architect, you may see that it is a little bit out of scale and have Vegas exterior, but the interior are so great, that is what Moshe Safdie is, a great indian artist architect.

Xien · July 29, 2010 08:35 PM

And their behavior really rude and stuck-up. :-)

peze loic · July 29, 2010

Un immeuble qui joue dans la démesure à Singapour

Nieky Konstantin · July 28, 2010

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BCGlover · July 28, 2010

Bit of a cloud in the clouds. Would like to see a bit more connection at the base, more structural description .big job big statement for 5.7 billion they want it all. projects with these problems are increasingly the form of 21st century solution lets hope they stay accessible to all and there is not a global monopolisaton of works in these areas.

João · July 28, 2010

thanks for the link, Miguel... these images from the pool are really cool!!! it seems to be the best moment of the building...

Kay Ro · July 28, 2010
RB · July 27, 2010

190000 US $/sqm ?

Jacqueline Rodríguez · July 27, 2010
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Architektourist · July 27, 2010

Ganz ehrlich: Wie kann man als Architekt nur seine Seele verkaufen und SO etwas bauen?!? Schnöder Mammon!

Kent tectwat · July 27, 2010

It's just a building erected liked bamboo-shoots

ikhwan · July 27, 2010

how cute... banana on top of table with 3 legs.

Tales Miranda · July 27, 2010

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johnny · July 27, 2010

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.)

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Brian Frolo · July 27, 2010

Stop that. Marina Bay Sands :

jennifer koskinen · July 27, 2010

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Craig VanDevere · July 27, 2010

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jiri k. · July 26, 2010

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

NF · July 27, 2010 12:49 AM

not finishesd?!?!
are you crazy? that's an aircraft carrier on top of the twin towers.. · July 26, 2010

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markus · July 26, 2010

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.

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Miguel · July 26, 2010

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 · July 26, 2010 11:54 PM

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

Scott @ Cube Studio · July 26, 2010

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kc · July 26, 2010

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 · July 27, 2010 01:48 AM

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!

Young Jin Kim · July 26, 2010

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marceloluft · July 26, 2010

Marina Bay: Hotel, Casino and Museum at Singapore // Awesome!!

Leila Tomaselli · July 26, 2010

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oded · July 26, 2010

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

SG · July 27, 2010 04:53 AM

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.

6000miles · July 26, 2010 09:57 PM

wow, that's so weird.

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annetePROYECTOYOBRA · July 26, 2010

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

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Uno de los edificios más raros que he visto en el último tiempo:

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