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Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands is a dazzling architectural marvel and Singaporean landmark which occupies a staggering 845,000 m2 and cost an estimated 5.7 billion dollars

Built between 2006 and 2010 by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Marina Bay Sands is one of the great icons of world architecture.

Located on the waterfront of Singapore’s financial district, the entire mega-complex covers 845,000 m2 and cost 5.7 million dollars to build.

The complex comprises three 55-storey hotel towers housing 2,560 luxurious rooms topped by a cantilevered SkyPark, an engineering marvel spanning 340 metres across the three towers. Perched 195 metres above sea level, this 40m wide skyway boasts breathtaking city views, a one-hectare garden with 250 trees, lounges, restaurants, jogging tracks and a 1,396 m2 infinity pool with a 145 metre-long vanishing edge.

As well as offering luxury hotel accommodation, the Marina Bay Sands resort has fine dining and leisure facilities such as its Sky on 57 restaurant, serving French-Asian fusion cuisine, and its casino, which provides over 15,000 m2 of gambling space and features a dazzling seven-ton chandelier adorned with 132,000 Swarovski crystals and 66,000 LEDs.

The resort’s seafront promenade is a vibrant space with interconnecting areas and easy access to the rest of the city and metro links. It features the ArtScience Museum, designed to look like a lotus flower, along with 21.980 m2 of entertainment facilities that include two theatres with a combined seating capacity of 4,000. There are over 121,000 square metres of flexible convention and exhibition space and an additional 74,322 square metres are dedicated to retail outlets and restaurants. The Crystal Pavilions provide a vast 5.914 m2 for nightclubs, and the 5,000-square-metre public event plaza on the ground floor is ingeniously designed so that different sections can be raised or lowered on hydraulic jacks to suit the needs of each event.

The shape of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel seamlessly blends the architectural concept of a continuous atrium along the three towers thanks to a series of highly intricate stability and equilibrium calculations. Its strength is ensured by the curvature of its base and the flared shape of its structure, which consists of towering frames with steel beams and reinforced concrete walls.


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