The building design is inspired by a house of cards; two playing cards are leaned against each other to form a triangle and a flat of one’s hand is placed which exerts a little pressure, leading to bending the card inwards, not much, but just enough to produce some irregular and highly expressive curves.
This whole concept is developed in transforming into three 57-storey towers as hotels, 191-metre towers and 340-metre-long rooftop terrace.
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Marina Bay Sands, located on the Marina Bay waterfront, is a 40-acre mixed-use integrated resort. The complex is organized around principal axes that extend into the surrounding urban fabric. Both the north–south promenade and the grand arcade traverse the entire project and are crossed by two east–west spines (view corridors), which connect the planned Gardens by the Bay, the local metro station, Bayfront Avenue and the waterfront.
Marina Bay Sands combines more than 120,000 square metres (nearly 1.3 million square feet) of world-class convention and exhibition facilities; three 56-storey hotel towers containing more than 2,600 rooms in total; a 1-hectare (2.5-acre) sky park capping the towers, which offers 360-degree views of the city and sea and outdoor amenities for the hotel including swimming pools, restaurants and gardens; the iconic Sands Museum on the promontory; two state-of-the-art theatres with 4,000 seats; a casino; a wide array of shopping and dining outlets; and an outdoor event plaza along the promenade that can accommodate up to 10,000 people.
As part of the continuous necklace of activities surrounding Marina Bay, the complex forms a gateway to the city. Seen from ships anchored at sea, the two windows created by the towers and sky park frame the vistas towards downtown Singapore. Viewed from this vantage point, the project’s foreground – composed of the Sands Museum, the promenade and undulating roof structures – serves as a base from which the hotel towers rise, curving skyward. A series of layered gardens extends the tropical garden landscape from Gardens by the Bay towards the bayfront.