Singapore is after Monaco the most densely populated country in the world, and must constantly compromise with the space. The city hires one of the most renowned architects in the country as attractive as possible for residents and tourists, and succeeds well in.
Singapore is after Monaco the most densely populated country in the world. It remains so always compromise with the space, especially because the government wants to prevent the city turns into a concrete jungle. Singapore must be viable to continue with a lot of greenery, sports and cultural activities, but at the same time, enough to accommodate the still growing population.
Singapore rent therefore renowned architects to the city for both residents and tourists attractive. A good example is the in 2011 opened Marina Bay Sands that immediately became the eye catcher. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie and consists of three adjacent towers on top of the Sands Sky Park which looks like a huge boat.
Also, the ArtScience Museum was designed by Moshe Safdie. The building in the form of an open lotus flower is a symbol for the hospitality of Singapore and is therefore known as ‘The Welcoming Hand of Singapore”.
The buildings in Singapore should not miss
1. Marina Bay Sands
Both the outside and inside of this building, designed by Moshe Safdie, is impressive. The showpiece is the Sands Sky Park. This park in the shape of a boat is 200 metres height on top of the three towers of the hotel. The Sands Sky Park is 12.400 m2 and larger than the eiffel tower on its n side. It accommodates up to 3900 guests.
In the Sands Sky Park landscaped gardens landscaped with more than 250 species of trees and 650 different plants. But especially the 150 long swimming pool over the total length (a so – called infinity pool – it attracts attention. The Sands Sky Park is a fee to be accessible for everyone, but the pool, both with sun loungers in the water and on the edge of the pool, is reserved exclusively for hotel guests.
Also within the Marina Bay Sands is plenty of entertainment: a hotel with 2560 rooms, a shopping mall, a museum, luxury restaurants, a casino and a channel on which you are taking a trip on a traditional sampan.
2. ArtScience Museum
This museum in the form of an open lotus flower is located near the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, and was also designed by Moshe Safdie. Although they both only opened in 2011, were, they are now the best known buildings in Singapore. Just like a real lotus flower is around the ArtScience Museum, a pond. The building itself consists of a round base in the middle, surrounded by galleries in the leaves of the lotus. The museum is in the evening at its best thanks to the sophisticated lighting.
3. Helix Bridge
This bridge near the Marina Bay Sands in a form of a DNA-like double helix won several awards and is one of the most beautiful pedestrian bridges in the world. The Helix Bridge was by an international group of architects designed according to the yin and yang principle and would be wealth, happiness and prosperity to Marina Bay. And it seems to work.
4. Louis Vuitton Island Maison
Also this shop is part of the Marina Bay. The American architect Peter Marino, known for his designs for shops with luxury brands, created this special shop that floats on the water. The asymmetric glass-and-steel-made shop is reached via a bridge, a boat or a tunnel. The interior is very appropriate, based on the shipping.
5. Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay, opened in 2011, is part of the great plan for Singapore to evolve from a ‘garden city’ in ‘a city in the garden’. The science fiction-like Supertrees jump straight in the eye. The twelve trees made of concrete covered with exotic plans, and mos vary in height between 25 and 50 metres. Between the tops of the trees is a trail that has a nice view over the gardens. Also, these Supertrees are in the evening during a spectacular light and musical show at their best. The park was designed by the British architectural firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
6. Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
Not everyone was made to speak about this theater because some people thought that the two buildings look like two aardvarkens or two durians (Indonesian fruit). The intention of the architect (DP Architects and Michael Wilford & ners) was to create a harmony with nature, the balance of yin and yang to images. What is striking is the theater in any case, however, and, it is also the cultural heart of the city. In the Espalanade are a concert hall, an auditorium, two smaller experimental theatres, a library and theatres in the open air.
7. Reflections at Keppel Bay
For this residential project has hired Singapore’s famous architect Daniel Libeskind (1 World Trade Center in New York and Jewish Museum Berlin). The glass towers with various lengths and arches, interspersed with low villas appear to rise out of the forest. On the top of each tower is a garden, an idea that fits with the constant ambition of Singapore to be green.
8. Henderson Waves
This 274 metre-long pedestrian bridge in the form of waves or a snake, depending on what you yourself see, connects the two hills Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill with each other. On top of the bridge are wooden alcoves made where you afgeschut of the sun and any rain of the views. in the Evening changes, the bridge full of look thanks to a sophisticated LED lighting.
9. Raffles Hotel
The Raffles Hotel shows a different side of Singapore, the time that the British are here, the scepter, and stately Victorian buildings drop. This Raffles Hotel 1887) is undoubtedly the best-known instance. The two Armenian brothers, Martin and Tigron Sarkies from Persia made the design. At that time, was still the sea, but because in the meantime parts of the sea have been reclaimed, the coast is now 500 meters away.
The hotel argued from the beginning, such as Singapore also as a country does, the policy that guests of all ethnicities and religions are welcome. It is also in this hotel around 1910 by the barman Ngiam Tong Boon, the famous cocktail Singapore Sling for the first time made. Today, a visit to Singapore is not complete without drinking a Singapore Sling at the long bar of the Raffles Hotel.
Raffles Hotels is incidentally much more than a hotel: the garden has more than 55,000 plants and flowers, there is a Victorian theatre, a Writers Bar, a museum, 15 restaurants and several shops. At the entrance, guests are still welcomed by a Sikh in traditional costume.
10. Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton hotel is one of the colonial buildings in Singapore. It was in 1928, built as a post office. The building then served successively as Chamber of Commerce, the stock exchange and the Singapore Club. In all these roles it has played an important role in the history of Singapore. Today, the building, with its striking neo-classical columns and high verandas on the Singapore River is a luxury five-star hotel. In 2001, it was thoroughly renovated with the old style remained.
11. Sultan mosque
This colorful mosque in the district of Kampong Glam and built in a combined islamic and Indian style, is one of the oldest buildings in Singapore and is the main building of the muslims in Singapore. The first shah of Singapore, Hussain Shah, told the mosque in 1824 to build. Wealthy muslims donated in that time is money for the construction. The armeren also wanted to contribute and did so by glass bottles to collect. Was the black border under the golden dome.
12. House of Tan Teng Niah, Little India
This home at Kerbau Road in Little India has to be the veelkleurigste house in Singapore. Each piece has it’s own color. The Chinese businessman Tan Teng Niah left it in 1900 to build for his wife. Their style is a mixture of designs from South-China and Europe.
13. Sri Veeramakaliamman temple
Workers from India in Singapore went to work and built this temple in 1881, and dedicated him to the goddess Kali, bestrijdster of the evil and protector of her followers. The building resembles the temples in the South Indian part of Tamil Nadu and is elaborately decorated with colorful images of various Hindu gods. The temple in Little India is from miles around to see it, so believers who have not had the time to go to the temple with view on the temple could pray.
14. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Also a temple, but a buddhist, and to find in Chinatown. The temple was only opened in 2007, but is now the main attraction in Chinatown. The huge building has four floors and is built according to the architectural style of the Chinese Tang dynasty (600-900). That was a for China is very prosperous time which is shown by the monumental architecture and that certainly applies to this temple. Besides a temple, there is also a museum in this building and a restaurant where you can free vegetarian meals can be enjoyed. (MS)