The architecture in Singapore consists of a charming mix of both old and new. When it comes to the new, there are certain designs that really embody innovation, as well as the future of the industry, are considered to be the architectural wonders of Singapore.
The Helix Bridge
The Helix Bridge is famous for being the first double helix structure in the world, with this spiral making its way around the entire length of the walkway, and covered with a glass and steel canopy to protect those within from the harsh Singapore sun. This bridge has a distinct arc shape, meaning that it is able to connect Marina Centre with Marina South while keeping pedestrians away from the traffic.
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands quickly became an iconic part of Singapore’s skyline, and it is easy to see why. The structure features three 55-storey hotel towers that are connected at the top by the SkyPark. While the interior of the hotels is wonderfully extravagant, it is the SkyPark that really stands out, as this is where you will find the longest infinity pool in the world, as well as an observation platform that is set 67 metres hanging over the edge of the north tower.
The Esplanade is where you will find theatres, outdoor performing spaces, concert halls, a shopping mall and more, and its design was first unveiled to the public in 1994. However, its two glass domes caused a huge stir, as many feared that these would act like a giant greenhouse, and end up amplifying the already-hot and humid heat of the city. In order to rectify this, aluminium sunshades were added in a scale-like pattern to the exterior of the building, making the Esplanade resemble the durian fruit.
While the other structures mentioned may be modern and innovative, the Raffles Hotel is one of the most distinctive colonial buildings in Singapore, and has become legendary to the country, and the world. This building was originally completed in 1899, and, after surviving the war, was declared a national monument in 1987. For those taking a look at the exterior of the Raffles Hotel, do stop by at the Long Bar, which is believed to be the birthplace of the famous Singapore Sling cocktail.
Thian Hock Keng Temple
The Thian Hock Keng Temple was constructed in 1839 by Chinese immigrants and features a traditionally Chinese architectural style. The reason why this structure would be considered to be an architectural wonder is because of the way it has been constructed without the use of any nails, while the majority of the timber used came from Chinese junk boats. The mosaics that you will see here are also eye-catching, and these have been created from broken pieces of pottery.
Singapore is filled with architectural wonders, both modern as well as historic. From the exquisite colonial details of the Raffles Hotel to the record-breaking Helix Bridge, make sure that you have your camera with you when visiting each of these sites.