Lotus-inspired Artscience Museum to open at Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore
Moshe’s Safdie’s ArtScience Museum is set to open tomorrow as part of the lavish Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore. The first building in Singapore to be constructed using Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) – a material regularly used in the manufacture of high-performance racing yachts – the design of the Museum takes the form of an open lotus flower and aims to capture ‘Safdie’s philosophy that art and science together can excite and inform visitors in a new way’.
The form is grounded on a circular base with ten individual finger-like projections extending outwards with skylights in the ‘fingertips’. With the tallest ‘finger’ standing 60m from the ground, the 4,800 sq m facility comprises a vast array of uniquely curved interior spaces. Dubbed 'The Welcoming Hand of Singapore' by Sheldon Adelson, the visionary chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp, the ArtScience Museum features 21 gallery spaces which are naturally lit and will host a wide range of temporary exhibitions alongside the facility’s permanent exhibition, ‘ArtScience: A Journey Through Creativity’.
In the centre of the ten projections is a dish-style roofing system which channels rainwater into a central cylindrical waterfall and reflection pool. Some of this water is then reused in the Museum’s restrooms as part of Singapore’s Green Mark programme. Moshe Safdie comments: “From the inside out, every element in the design of the ArtScience Museum reinforces the institution’s philosophy of creating a bridge between the arts and sciences. The building combines the aesthetic and functional, the visual and the technological, and for me, really represents the forward looking spirit of Singapore.”