While I was in the army sweating it out, Marina Bay Sands and The Helix Bridge opened with much enthusiasm among Singaporeans from all walks of life. I read the news daily in camp, hoping to have a closr look at the newest attraction in town. Thankfully, I was given a chance to see it on Labour Day with my classmates. Though the place was super packed with people coming from Promenade station as well as the casino resort area, we were determined to take photos of our very own casino. Somehow or rather, I am always put off by people’s comments that certain designs of certain buildings are ugly or unsightly. As I am an architecture freak myself, I always appreciate every physical structure that stands before me, and although I am open to criticism, I somehow feel that many of us are just looking at the outside, and not looking at the whole picture. Take for instance, the ArtScience Museum that is still under construction. It looks like a giant lotus or a huge palm facing upwards, something like welcoming everyone to the Marina Bay Sands resort. It will house a huge amphitheatre at the top of the museum, and the museum below it.. A building that no other country in the world has one that resembles it. It is uniquely ours. But somehow some people commented that it is an ugly structure. Well, if I could be as harsh, I could say the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai is totally a useless tower. It is just a show of majesty and pride and the design is totally out of the world and does not integrate seamlessly with the surroundings. Thats poor urban design and planning. But in the end the building has not only acheived high recognition for its building architecture but also hailed as the most prominent building in China with its own character and almost any foreigner is able to distinguish it. Similarly, I am very certain that in the near future MBS which has a weird architectural design together with the museum and the Helix will become the unique icon of Singapore, just like what Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House is to Sydney. Nobody knew that those structures would be as famous as it is today, and same goes for our MBS and Helix. Singaporeans just dont know how to appreciate their own surroundings, and only know how to praise other countries. And what do you expect from a opening ceremony of a bridge? One that surpasses the level of grandeur of Shanghai Expo, or Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year? Come on. Singapore’s new year’s day celebrations only have 8 minutes of fireworks. And mind you these are taxpayers’ money. My RJ friend told me the Boon Lay countdown that he help to organise every year spends more than 2 million bucks on the 5 minutes display, all from our daddy’s pockets.
Even in the US, there is an amazing 1 hour documentary regarding the complex building process of the Marina Bay Sands from Build It Bigger of Science Channel and can be found from youtube.
This is definitely one of the most audacious building on the planet. Yes everyone has the freedom to comment on the building, but I would like you all to think twice before commenting, who would be able to design such a complex and unique structure? Not many. Think of all the plannings and hard work put into it before the whole building structure is finalised. The entire process is definitely not easy. This is what I call an engineering and architectural masterpiece.