Designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore looks like a giant lily pad floating on the Bay waterfront.
The museum is not only an artistic inspiration, but it also promotes environmental sustainability. Here are some of its features:
- The Museum is grounded around a circular base with ten petal-like structures that extend out to create a lotus flower form.
- It has 21 galleries in total, each one of them is illuminated by natural sun light.
- The dish-like roof form, channels rainwater toward central atrium, creating an interior waterfall through the center of the museum. This rainwater is then recycled back into use for the building’s plumbing system.
- The tallest finger of the museum has the “Expression” gallery, having a dynamic multimedia theater.
- This museum is constructed from glass fiber-reinforced polymer, which helps it get the joint-less, continuous skin for each of the sail-like surfaces.
- The entrance of the museum is through a free-standing glass pavilion.
- There are three levels of galleries with a total area of 6,000 square meters.
The ArtScience Museum offers a wonderful display of art and science across numerous cultures and centuries, and is even dubbed as the welcoming hand of Singapore.