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Published: 1 Mar 2011

Artscience Museum, Singapore


The Artscience Museum – located in the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore – opened its doors to the public last week.

Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the cultural centre takes the form of a vast circular building with sections resembling the petals of a lotus flower. The museum provides a defining structure for the bay and contrasts effectively against the high-rise towers of the hotel behind.

Reinforcing the museum’s objective to bridge the gap between art and science, Safdie strived to create a building that fuses technology and function with aesthetics and creativity.

Maximising natural resources, each sculptural petal shape draws in daylight from a substantial skylight. Rainwater collected in the semi-spherical structure is used to power a waterfall and reflective pond in the centre of the museum.