Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SINGAPORE - Worlds Tourist Capital

Week 6 - Singapore

Singapore has been described as a cosmopolitan city with a exciting mix of culture, arts and architecture!

A well know tourist attraction is Singapore's mascot "Merlion" at Merlion Park near the CBD. This impressive sculpture designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner represents the national personification of Singapore. Very effective, not to mention impressive!

MARINA BAY SANDS. This is defiantly a site for everyone.
Developed by Las Vegas Sands and designed by Moshe Safdie this hotel is billed as the worlds most expensive stand alone casino property.

Card decks was apparently the initial inspiration for the design of the building which contains a casino, 3 x hotels (side by side) with 2,500 rooms and suites, a 200,000 square foot Art and Science museum and convention centre which is capable of accommodating 45,000 people. WOW!

This is an image taken of only a small part of the interior. Feng shui consultants were used during the design process of this building and engineers described the integration of the varied and advanced technologies as the 'most difficult to carry out in the whole world"

A huge part of Singapore is known for their development in iconic landmarks located in and around the main city. This is a great example of this.

This is the ArtScience Museum located right near Marina Bay Sands. The architecture is said to be a form reminiscent of a lotus flower and is designed by Moshe Safdie. It is most commonly referred to as "The Welcoming Hand of Singapore" which I think can defiantly be interpreted from this image. The design concept for each finger demotes various gallery spaces sporting skylights at the fingertips which are included as sustainable illumination for the curved interior walls.

The Helix Bridge. This is a pedestrian bridge linking the Marina centre and Marina South made of fritted-glass and perforated steel mesh. This bridge is said to weigh about 1700 tonnes in total. The major and minor helices spiral in opposite directions as you walk through. I'm glad I didn't have to put all these pieces together.

Jump on our facebook to see more images from the remarkable city of Singpore.

Also don't miss out next week as we finish Tweaq's design tour of the world in Denmark.

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