Big City Tales

Plenty to Sing About in Singapore | March 7, 2013

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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 city-state 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.

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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.

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

Marina Bay Sands Resort and SkyPark

Completed in 2010, the Marina Bay Sands Resort features over 2500 rooms, a 150 metre long infinity pool, a 350 metre long outdoor walkway, a museum, a shopping mall, two theatres, two floating pavilions, a skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium casino.

The infinity pool sits atop the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower and offers incredible views of the Singapore skyline.

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The infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Resort.

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.

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