The higher the building the better seems to be the trend in modern architecture over in the Middle East and Asia these days. From Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to the Banyan Tree hotel in Bangkok, sky-high resorts with unrivaled views are attracting visitors from all over the world. Next up, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singaore designed by the famous architect Moshe Safdie. Located inside a 9,000,000-square-feet mixed-use commercial complex, the beautiful hotel features an expansive rooftop deck and pool, also known as the skypark, that offers unbelievably breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
The building is made up of three sloping towers that connect on at the top to form a single structure. From afar, the rooftop deck looks as if a boat has been placed on top of the three buildings to form a giant archway. The skypark on the top floor of the hotel extends out to form one of the largest cantilevers in a public space in the world. Designed as an exotic getaway and aerie by Marina Bay, the beautiful hotel has more than 2,500 guest rooms and suites and currently ranks as the largest resort in Singapore.
The rooftop park stands 656 feet above ground and serves as an urban oasis that is planted with landscaped gardens that are home to 250 trees and 650 types of plants across 133,472 square feet of space—it’s as big as three football fields combined.
In addition to the gardens, the 492-feet infinity pool on this rooftop deck is currently the largest outdoor pool in the world at its height, and the pool is open exclusively to guests staying at the hotel. Visitors not staying at the hotel can access the rooftop skypark where there is an observation deck that is open to the public. It’s hard for us to imagine anything more spectacular than taking a dip in a pool that’s surrounded by sweeping views of one of the most beautiful cosmopolitan cities in Asia and of the South China Sea.
Among the 2,561 guest rooms spread across the 55 floors are 18 different style rooms and 230 luxury suites, the latter of which comes with butler service and access to VIP areas inside the hotel. This includes entrance to the Marina Bay Sands executive club lounge, located in the second tower of the hotel, where guests can tuck into breakfast, enjoy an afternoon tea, or sip on evening cocktails amidst striking views of Singapore below.
Artful accents commissioned installations also occupy the massive complex space to complement Moshe Safdie’s amazing contemporary architecture and designs. These range from the glazed stoneware ceramic vessels by the Shanghai artist Chongbin Zheng in the hotel atrium, where restaurants like Jin Shan, which serves Chinese cuisine, are located, to a suspended steel polyhedral sculpture by the British artist Antony Gormley, which is installed in mid-air above the lobby atrium.
Posted by Sebastien D. at 30 May, 2011