Singapore is one of the top dynamic and advanced countries in the world and so it has a lot to contribute in the field of architecture. Quite many times have heard that the country is so progressive and it is also evident with the plans and designs. If we look deeper from a perspective of architecture, we tend to conclude that the country is so warm and welcoming as the architecture over there is highly influenced by multiple cultures.
A mix of cultures might be the perfect word to describe and it has successfully led to the creation of masterpieces around the place.
Singapore was known in the 13th to 14th century as Temasek, according to the Malay Annals, Singapura was named after a strange beast seen by Sang Nila Utama while hunting in Temasek, and he was informed that the beast must have been a lion. He decided to stay in Temasek and named the city he founded Singapura or "Lion City", thus the nickname Lion City came into existence.
Singapore is such a happening and happy place for the tourists and for anyone visiting the country and it is also highly evident they are architecturally strong too.
In this blog, we will be taking you over the seven wonders of the Lion City. Actually, there is a lot more than seven and so it was really hard to come up with exact seven destinations.
1. Orchard Road
Orchard Road is a shopping boulevard that stretches 2.2km, the retail hub that brings together the world’s best-loved brands into one place. The architecture of the place is designed in a continuous fashion making it one of the most recognized shopping streets around the world.
The most significant part of the Orchard road is the terraced three-story building which slopes down to the junction of Orchard Road and Cairnhill Road, thereby the angle giving it high visibility to and from the ground level. 100% of the site area is given back to the city as a publicly-accessible rooftop amphitheatre surrounded by lush gardens.
2. Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands counts to an iconic presence of the Singapore skyline. The gravity-defying observation deck, Sands SkyPark, offers 360-degree view of Singapore skyline. Stretching longer than the Eiffel Tower laid down, Sands SkyPark is also home to the world’s highest and largest infinity pool.
3. Esplanade - The Theatres on the Bay
It is Singapore's largest art center. It claims to be one of the world’s busiest, having hosted more than 25,000 shows since 2002—which is like, about six every day.
It is quoted as the cultural nerve for Singapore and with no doubt, the design plan is praised all over the world.
Sentosa is an island located off the southern coast of Singapore's main island. It was an architectural and master-planning project designed to offer a milieu of activities among a series of heavily interwoven zones of programme. Architects worked across all scales to design a resort unified with its tropical island site and responsive to its views of the ocean and the city of Singapore.
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The Pinnacle is the tallest public housing project in Singapore with 1848 units in its 7 blocks that are laid out in the shape of a hook on a 2.5 Ha site at Duxton Hill. The project features the world's two longest sky gardens of 500 meters (1,600 ft) each, on both the 26th and 50th floors.
This is considered a landmark showcasing the innovation of modern Singaporean architecture.
6. Helix Bridge
Helix bridge is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area in Singapore. Previously it was called double helix bridge and the design was inspired by the structure of human DNA, it was designed and engineered by a team of architects from both Australia and Singapore.
Helix bridge was built for both practical and aesthetic purposes.
7. Jewel Changi Airport
Jewel Changi Airport is a nature-themed entertainment and retail complex on the inside of Changi Airport, Singapore, linked to three of its passenger terminals. Its centerpiece is the world's tallest indoor waterfall, the Rain Vortex, which is surrounded by a terraced forest setting.
Jewel Changi was conceived to maintain Changi Airport's status as a major aviation hub in the Asia-Pacific. It is often ranked as the best airports in the world and noted for the architectural brilliance.
Singapore is being addressed as one of the greenest countries in the world. It is very much important to acknowledge the efficient governing body of Singapore in providing all the adequate provisions and help to maintain it throughout and for facilitating the growth of the country in all aspects.
"Architecture is not about building the impossible, which we can do if we have enough money and enough tools and enough computers. It is about building what is appropriate and about attaining beauty through such an approach. I describe this premise as 'inherent buildability', and I believe it is central to what I do."
-- Moshe Safdie