Modern Architecture Along the Waterfront

September 8, 2011 by

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The Helix Bridge - Photo courtesy of William Cho via Wikimedia Commons

Much has been made lately of Singapore reputedly letting its figurative hair down. This supposed trend may be greatly exaggerated (the city-state is still a far cry from other southeast Asian destinations when it comes to excitement), but the hyper-modern architecture that sprouts up in the city at such an incredible rate is enough to inspire a unique degree of man-made awe.

One of the most recent additions to the city in this vein is a pedestrian-accessible waterfront loop that extends over a little more than two full miles of riverfront property. One gem in this ongoing development project is an arresting pedestrian bridge in the shape of a double helix that crosses the Singapore River, connecting the Marina Centre with Marina South, from which views of the bay can be enjoyed and one’s legs can be thoroughly stretched (at 919 feet, the Helix is the longest structure of its kind in Singapore).

Other points of interest along the waterfront (by no means the only noteworthy spots) include the largest observation wheel in the world (the Singapore Flyer), and the 250 acres of the so-called Gardens by the Bay that encircle the entirety of the marina reservoir.
Throughout and nearby the development are a number of striking resorts (most notably the Marina Bay Sands) that lend credence to the notion that architecturally speaking, Singapore is the most astonishing city on the planet.

-John Reality

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