Marina Bay Sands, a $5 billion, high-density, mixed-use integrated resort that brings together a 2,560 room hotel, convention center, shopping and dining, theaters, museum, and a casino across the water from Singapore's Central Business District, opened to the public on June 23, 2010.
Designed by Boston-based, internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the 929,000 meter (10-million-square-foot) urban district anchors the Singapore waterfront, creates a gateway to Singapore, and provides a dynamic setting for a vibrant public life. This new urban place integrates the waterfront promenade, a 74,000-square-meter (800,000-square-foot), multi level arcade, and the iconic Museum of Art Science on the promontory. Located along the network of public paths are also two theaters with a combined 4,000 seats, a casino, a 9,000-square-meter (96,000-square-foot) convention center, and a hydraulically adjustable public event plaza of 5,000 square meters (54,000 square foot). Combining indoor and outdoor spaces and providing a platform for a wide array of activities, this vibrant, 21st-century cardo maximus, or grand arcade, also connects to the subway and other transportation. Reaching for the Sky takes viewers on a stunning visual journey behind the scenes of this tremendous achievement.
Moshe Safdie is a leading architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Embracing a comprehensive and humane design philosophy, Safdie has been a visionary force in architecture, urban planning and design for over forty years. Safdie is committed to architecture that supports and enhances a project’s program; that is informed by the geographical, social and cultural elements that define a place; and that responds to human needs and aspirations. Completing a wide range of projects, such as cultural, educational, and civic institutions; neighborhoods and public parks; mixed-use urban centers and airports; and master plans for existing communities and entirely new cities, Safdie has made lasting contributions to the quality of life in cities and neighborhoods around the world.
Gary Hack, Professor of City and Regional Planning, teaches the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and is also the former Dean of the School, having stepped down in 2008. Prior to coming to Penn, he was a professor of urban design at MIT, and a partner in the professional firm of Carr Lynch Hack and Sandell in Cambridge. Earlier in his career, Professor Hack was head of planning for Gruen Associates in New York and directed the Canadian government’s housing and urban development research and demonstration programs. He has served on the board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Planning Accreditation Board, is a former chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and a member of the board of the William Penn Foundation.
Sheldon Adelson is chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, whose properties include the Sands and Venetian resorts in Las Vegas and Macau, as well as Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore.
Peter Bowtell is a principal of Arup, the plobal firm of designers, planners, engineers, and consultants. He leads large multidisciplinary engineering design teams for major structural and civil engineering projects, including Mrina Bay Sands.
Dr. Cheong Koon Hean is the former head of Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority, where she played a key role in the development of Marina Bay and other major growth areas. She is currently chief executive officer of the government's Urban Housing and Development Board and a deputy secretary in the Ministry of National Development.
Adam Greenspan is a partner of PWP Landscape Architecture, the Berkeley, California-based firm that created landscaping for the entire Marina Bay Sands integrated resort. hehas been the lead designer on a wide range of projects including estates, public parks, campuses, and design competitions.
Brooke Hodge is director of exhibitions and publications at Los Andeles' Hammer Museum. She writes an ongoing column for the T Magazine blog of the New York Times, and is a contributor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Martin C. Pedersen has served as executive editor of Metropolis magazine since 1999. He also writes for the magazine and website.
Peter Walker is the founding partner of PWP Landscape Architecture. He has exerted a significant influence on the field of landscape architecture through his teaching, lectures, and writing over a fivr-decade career.
006 Part 1：The Vision, the Design, the Making
008 Marina Bay：A New Waterfront for the Garden City by the Bay – Dr. Cheong Koon Hean
016 The Making of Marina Bay Sands – Sheldon Adelson in Conversation with Martin C. Pedersen
024 Rethinking the Public Realm – Moshe Safdie
052 The Landscape of Marina Bay Sands – Peter Walker and Adam Greenspan
066 Touching the Impossible – Peter Bowtell
078 The Making of an Icon – Martin C. Pedersen
094 Part 2：Architectural Drawings and Plans
122 Part 3：A Civic Icon, a Destination, an Experience
124 Visual Portfolio
136 The Architecture of Memorability – Gary Hack
148 Part 4：A Closer Look
150 The Public Realm
172 Hotels, Atria, and SkyPark
198 Casino, Theaters, and Convention
208 Crystal Pavilions
218 ArtScience Museum
244 Art at Every Turn：The Marina Bay Sands Art Path – Brooke Hodge