Singapore Expats Forum

Marina Bay Sands - impressions

Discuss about the latest news & interesting topics, real life experience or other out of topic discussions with locals & expatriates in Singapore.

User avatar
JR8
Immortal
Immortal
Posts: 16514
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Location: K. Puki Manis

Marina Bay Sands - impressions

Postby JR8 » Fri, 21 May 2010 7:38 pm

I wandered over there today.
What I will say is that is is damned impressive when you get right up close to it (architecturally). I got something of that wow-factor that I got when I first saw the WTC in NYC. Although it is only circa half as high as the WTC was, the three towers with the skypark on top really have a heck of a presence.

The architecture is very innovative. Even the helical steel bridge from over the water near Promenade MRT is a thing of utter ingenuity and beauty in itself. The combined atrium of the three hotel towers is visually enchanting. The partial external cladding in a mesh of small panels that reflect the sky and move/shimmer and appeaer to play like light on the surface of the sea are very clever... (the skypark is shaped like a boat's keel - so you get the theme).

The shopping is the same same really as Orchard, though even higher end. Makes Paragon look like a flea market : )(example: S$12.5m pink diamond ring, S$19.8m diamond necklace).

The place is partially open, though clearly materially unfinished including the skypark. If you have not been but are curious, I'd wait until after June 20 when the skypark opens... the views should be amazing (57th floor).

p.s. Nice to know the overall project manager is English, who left school at 16, and studied surveying at night school. Way to go!

User avatar
aster
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1593
Joined: Fri, 15 Jan 2010

Postby aster » Fri, 21 May 2010 8:17 pm

Gonna wait for the sky park to open before giving it a try, but it looks impressive from a distance so I'm sure it's even more convincing once you're "up close and personal."

Not a fan of the high end store culture, luckily Ion and Paragon keep most of that under guard and out of my face so to speak... ;)

Will be interesting to take a full-circle walk from say the Merlion to Marina Bay Sands via the Esplanade and then on to The Sail and back to the Merlion to complete the loop.

User avatar
JR8
Immortal
Immortal
Posts: 16514
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Location: K. Puki Manis

Postby JR8 » Fri, 21 May 2010 8:43 pm

aster wrote:Gonna wait for the sky park to open before giving it a try, but it looks impressive from a distance so I'm sure it's even more convincing once you're "up close and personal."

Not a fan of the high end store culture, luckily Ion and Paragon keep most of that under guard and out of my face so to speak... ;)

Will be interesting to take a full-circle walk from say the Merlion to Marina Bay Sands via the Esplanade and then on to The Sail and back to the Merlion to complete the loop.



Yah agree. For example the 'organic style' of Ion is clever, but has nothing of the presence of MBS. Elements of MBS (as mentioned) show much more ingenuity. Oh darrn, they'll probably want to en-bloc Ion in a few years (lol) as it is already so outclassed...

No I'm not at all into high end retail either.... just relaying what i saw. Used to be majorly into diamonds (and very nearly as a career with De Beers), so seeing goods that make Piaget (Ngee Ann) look like Swarovsk,i does still get my attention :)

Do pop down and check it out (after June 20). As a civil engineering project, and an architectural/artisitc concept, that alone warrants a visit if that is something that might interest you...

User avatar
BigSis
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 401
Joined: Sat, 17 Apr 2010

Postby BigSis » Fri, 21 May 2010 11:46 pm

I had a walk over the double helix bridge to it the week after it opened - it was very busy (I expected that) and there were only about 20 shops open at the time. All very unfinished but I could see the potential and I think it will look great once it is all completed. I'm also looking forward to going to the sky park, but I think I'll give it a month or two after it opens for the crowds to thin out.

The foreigners queue for the casino was very long (nobody in the Singapore/PR queue!), but hopefully the excitement will have died down by the time my Mum comes to visit (she likes casinos so I'll probably end up there at some point - but I don't fancy queueing for half an hour to get in!). The waterfront looks like it could be quite impressive too, although I'm not sure what they're going to do about the afternoon sun on that part of it (it'll be too hot to sit outside for most people).

I didn't go over to the hotel area, but I liked the fact that once I was ready to go I could just hop on a bus and go around to Suntec easily (the cab queue wasn't much shorter than the casino queue).

Resorts world in Sentosa looks quite good so far too (still lots of work to do there too). I thought it was quite Vegas-looking.

User avatar
JR8
Immortal
Immortal
Posts: 16514
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Location: K. Puki Manis

Postby JR8 » Sat, 22 May 2010 1:19 pm

Yesterday when I went, say 3.30pm there were no crowds really. Either at the casino (more staff outside than people q'ing). More taxis than people q'ing for them. More staff in the huge hotel lobbies than members of the public.

It all sort of indicates that waiting until some time after June 20th to visit the sky-park, when the initial rush is over, is goning to be worthwhile.

I walked over at 3.30pm and back at about 4.30pm. Both times it was very very bright/hot! I'd suggest walking over, but then maybe taking a bus or taxi back...

User avatar
nakatago
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 8333
Joined: Tue, 01 Sep 2009
Location: Sister Margaret’s School for Wayward Children
Contact:

Postby nakatago » Sat, 22 May 2010 1:42 pm

it is an impressive site of architecture but the assymmetry of the skypark bothers me. is it supposed to be a ship? but it's curved!

User avatar
JR8
Immortal
Immortal
Posts: 16514
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Location: K. Puki Manis

Postby JR8 » Sat, 22 May 2010 2:00 pm

nakatago wrote:it is an impressive site of architecture but the assymmetry of the skypark bothers me. is it supposed to be a ship? but it's curved!


Is the sky-park (aka sky-deck) supposed to be a ship? Nah.... it is an architectural feature styled on a ship :wink:

Well, that is what it looks like to me. I see various nautical themes in the overall scheme. IMHO it would be less visually interesting without the asymmetry. But, hey ho!, different horses for different courses as they say :)

User avatar
aster
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1593
Joined: Fri, 15 Jan 2010

Postby aster » Sat, 22 May 2010 3:38 pm

BigSis wrote:Resorts world in Sentosa looks quite good so far too (still lots of work to do there too).


I actually think the entire design is hideous, a complete waste of space and time. They should bring out the bulldozers and start all over again...

User avatar
BigSis
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 401
Joined: Sat, 17 Apr 2010

Postby BigSis » Sat, 22 May 2010 4:08 pm

Some of the hotels are a bit weird, like the pineapple shaped thing and I don't like the one with the big arches (is that Hotel Michael?) but I quite like the area at ground level with the fountains etc.

User avatar
Strong Eagle
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 11110
Joined: Sat, 10 Jul 2004
Location: Off The Red Dot
Contact:

Postby Strong Eagle » Sun, 23 May 2010 8:44 am

nakatago wrote:it is an impressive site of architecture but the assymmetry of the skypark bothers me. is it supposed to be a ship? but it's curved!


Actually, it's an ark , so that when global warming raises sea levels to that height, the PAP party can all escape.

User avatar
Asian_Geekette
Reporter
Reporter
Posts: 558
Joined: Wed, 10 Jan 2007
Location: Still based in Singapore but wanders around...

Postby Asian_Geekette » Sun, 23 May 2010 1:29 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
nakatago wrote:it is an impressive site of architecture but the assymmetry of the skypark bothers me. is it supposed to be a ship? but it's curved!


Actually, it's an ark , so that when global warming raises sea levels to that height, the PAP party can all escape.


@Strong Eagle,

Have you seen the movie 2012? After I saw this movie and saw the Skypark, I can't help but think... is it an ark in disguise? ;-)
My business is not to remake myself, but make the absolute best out of what God made. -Robert Browning

User avatar
ozchick
Editor
Editor
Posts: 1001
Joined: Fri, 21 Sep 2007
Location: Germany

Postby ozchick » Mon, 24 May 2010 6:45 pm

nakatago wrote:it is an impressive site of architecture but the assymmetry of the skypark bothers me. is it supposed to be a ship? but it's curved!


Yeah that's what I was wondering. It's not 'defined' enough to be a ship, it should have had enormous circular windows (portholes). Why didn't they ask me for my advice?! :)
Then with all the greenery up there any semblance to a ship seems lost.....The guy who built it featured in Peschard's People. Yeah big dollars for something a bit...mm....wierd.
'Are you trying to tempt me because I come from the land of plenty?'


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “General Discussions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests