Big City Tales

Plenty to Sing About in Singapore | March 7, 2013

Daytime image of Singapore

The Merlion statue symbolizes important elements of Singapore’s origins and cultural influences.

A Small (But Mighty!) City-State

Encompassing a total area of only 274 square miles, the Republic of Singapore sure makes the most of its available land space. In fact, the country is renowned for attracting world-class architects keen on developing unique and innovative high-rise structures that cater to Singapore’s lack of land resources.

Wherever you look along the city’s dense skyline, one eye-catching building after another delights the senses, and it’s not just office towers garnering attention.

For example, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay complex is an integrated arts centre located in the heart of the Marina Bay district. Comprised of two durian-shaped structures that are clearly visible from afar, the Esplanade’s modern design caused quite a stir when its doors opened in 2002. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the complex generates a lot of interest.

Image of the Esplanade in Singapore

The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay arts complex overlooks downtown Singapore.

Another widely discussed landmark is the Helix Bridge, a pedestrian walkway that is noted for being the world’s first curved bridge, and the first to utilize a ‘double-helix’ design that resembles a strand of DNA. Located on the waterfront, the bridge is part of a continuous pedestrian loop that links to hotels, gardens and other attractions in the area.

Image of Helix Bridge in Singapore

The unique design of the Helix Bridge mimics a strand of human DNA.

Beautiful by day and equally dazzling by night, it’s not hard to sing the praises of Singapore. I look forward to one day adding my voice to the chorus of this city-state’s legion of fans.

Night image of Singapore's skyline

The Singapore skyline sparkles at night in Marina Bay.


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