When it wants to attract attention with ostentatious monuments, Singapore certainly knows how to proceed! Right next to a billion-dollar garden (Gardens By The Bay), the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino (or “Integrated Resort” as they call it) is the now the most famous landmark of Singapore.
This hotel, the most expensive building on Earth (almost 6 Billion US$, completed in 2011) is the masterpiece of the Marina Bay area. Totally built on reclaimed land, Marina Bay is the new heart of Singapore.
By the way, the world’s second most expensive building is Resort World Sentosa… also in Singapore (almost 5 Billion US$)!
Whatever you think of buildings and architecture in general, that one can’t leave you indifferent. Three high buildings linked together by a “SkyPark” holding a terrace, restaurants, palm trees and… a 150-meter infinity-edged swimming pool is quite unique! Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the swimming pool as it is accessible only for the hotel guests, and it is out of reach of my bank account 🙂
The ticket to go to the overhanging tip of the SkyPark Observation Desk will cost you S$23 for adults and S$17 for children.
Belonging to the complex, The Shoppes At Marina Bay is an upscale shopping mall and convention center.
Cross the shopping mall and you will find yourself almost at the foot of the hotel. Singapore is an architect’s paradise! When you see the Marina Bay Sands and several other buildings in the area, it seems that all the craziest projects and most innovative designs are welcome there.
I wonder what will be the next architectural craziness to be built in Singapore, but I doubt it can outrank Marina Bay Sands’s audacity!