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As Perth’s architectural credibility continues
to grow, it’s important to make sure we get the
balance right by recognising what the best assets
of our city are and activating our natural assets to
encourage multi-generational human interaction.
With a climate and waterfront proximity similar
to Perth, Marina Bay offers a successful example
of Singapore’s long-term planning, and how
innovative and creative projects can pave the way
for city expansion and future growth around an
Situated on 360ha of reclaimed land, the
development provides visitors and locals alike with
round-the-clock activities in a vibrant, mixed-
use environment that incorporates commercial,
residential, hotel and entertainment facilities.
High-rise and high-density buildings
surrounding the Bay ensure that land is used
effectively, much like other parts of Singapore,
while the city skyline that serves as the backdrop
offers stunning views both day and night.
The area is serviced by underground stations as
part of the overall Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system
– one of the cleanest forms of transport in the
world – while road extensions to the airport and
city allow immediate access to the rest of the island.
An additional mode of transport around the
Bay – one that doubles as a tourist attraction for
scenic rides – is the water taxi network, and
a comprehensive pedestrian system includes
shady sidewalks, covered walkways, and
underground and second-storey links.
Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority
recently revealed 11 winning design ideas at
the launch of its PubliCity: Your Ideas for Public
Spaces exhibition. Winning concepts included
a playful giant swing at an open lawn in Marina
Bay, an elevated green deck at the Singapore
River Promenade, and a garden walk with
a forested steel canopy for the Woodlands Civic
Plaza. The PubliCity initiative aims to involve the
community in enlivening public spaces through
innovative design – just another example of how
a progressive and forward-thinking approach is
the key to a city’s success.
Significant urban progress through
developments such as Marina Bay has not
only raised the profile of Singapore on the
international stage, it has also provided the city
with growth and investment – something from
which Perth and its surrounding areas can learn
and benefit a lot.
Marina Bay Sands (photography Derek See).
MARINA BAY, SINGAPORE
Peter Dean, principal, HASSELL
The ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay
(photography Vincent Chong).
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