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Marina Bay, Singapore, 2010
DESIGN Cox Architecture, Architects 61 and Arup
AWARD 2010 World Architecture Festival Transport Building of the Year
THE BRIEF An international architectural competition sought submissions
for a unique structural form that could be symbolic of Singapore’s goal of
promoting the identity of Asia’s ‘connected city’ and respond to the setting at
the opening of the Singapore River to Marina Bay, which is a large inner harbour
that is now the focus of the city.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY The concept was to curve the plan of the bridge so that
it sweeps down onto promenades either side. The ‘arc’ was created as a means of
curving the pedestrian bridge away from an adjoining new vehicular bridge, enabling
the two to connect at a mid-point. The double-helix structure was conceived as
both a highly efficient and exciting form that integrated with the curvilinear plan. It
forms a dynamic spatial experience, and enables the canopy to be integrated into
the segments between the helix tubes and their interconnecting ties.
REALISATION The curvature of the design helped to form a sense of
containment to the bay and to act as a viewing arena to Marina Bay’s many water
events. The design enabled a series of ovular-shaped cantilevered viewing ‘pods’,
each with a capacity of 100 or so people, that extend out on the bay side to create
‘ring-side’ viewing for water events. These decks reinforce the design intent of the
bridge to optimise pedestrian experience, while remaining a vital connector between
Singapore’s major existing and emerging urban precincts.
Michael Raynor, Cox Raynor, Brisbane. Cox Architecture www.coxarchitecture.com.au.
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