June 5, 2006
by Canadian Architect
Moshe Safdie and Associates’ design for an integrated resort in Singapore to be built by Las Vegas Sands Corp. was selected today by the government of Singapore. To realize this six-million-square-foot complex, the Boston-based firm joins with Singapore-based Aedas Architect and Arup Consulting Engineers as Las Vegas Sands design team.
The $3.6-billion Marina Bay Sands is a new type of urban place that integrates the Waterfront Promenade with a grand, multi-level retail arcade combining civic space, shopping, indoor and outdoor spaces endowed with city skyline views, daylight and plant life, providing an abundance and variety of activities.
At a news conference on May 26, 2006, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan praised the design, stating: “It has several key attributes which make it stand out from among the proposals. The overall composition of the proposal fits very well with the existing and the future developments on the Bay.
“It has a unique architecture which provides an exciting addition to the Marina Bay. For example, the hotel towers are set back from the waterfront, and will open up expansive views to the city as well as to the entire Marina Bay. It will also make the Singapore skyline in the new downtown even more attractive and distinctive.”
Deputy Prime Minister S. Jayakumar concurred, stating “In particular, the proposal will significantly strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading MICE destination and the proposal also possesses unique design elements that will provide a memorable image for Marina Bay.”
The Las Vegas Sands complex, to be opened in 2009, will feature three 50-storey hotel towers containing 1,000 rooms each, crowned by a two-acre Sky Garden bridging across the towers, offering 360-degree views of the city and the sea. Outdoor amenities include jogging paths, swimming pools, spas, and gardens. An iconic Arts and Sciences Museum is planned for the promontory. Other features planned are one million square feet of integrated waterside promenade and a shopping arcade, a state-of-the art convention center; two 2,000-seat theaters, a casino, and a 4,000-car garage.
The architectural and urban design practice of Moshe Safdie and Associates has worked on projects ranging from iconic civic buildings and government institutions to the master planning of entire new cities. Recent building openings include the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, the Lester B. Pearson International Airport, the Ben Gurion International Airport, the Salt Lake City Main Public Library, and the Peabody Essex Museum.