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These buildings make a great setting for a sci-fi movie

We’re not being biased, but our skyline is one of the most impressive in the world. Especially with prominent architectural gems that look like they came right out a sci-fi movie. It’s not just a particular luxury hotel (with the world’s highest infinity pool) that puts Singapore on the world architecture map. We’re home to some award-winning architecture firms such as Hyla Architects, MKPL Architects and WOHA – so there are numerous futuristic architecture in Singapore. Here are some of our favourites.

Marina Bay Sands

The iconic architectural design of Marina Bay Sands was dreamt up by award-winning architect Moshe Safdie, and has been hailed as Singapore’s most prominent landmarks.

Past the ultra-impressive pool, hidden mechanisms are at work. As strong winds would cause the towers to sway, given the height of these buildings, four movement joints are added right under the main swimming pools that are designed to withstand the natural movement of the towers, keeping the structures steady.

ArtScience Museum

Right next to Marina Bay Sands, the ArtScience Museum is a stunning lotus-shaped building where art, science, culture and technology come together. Also designed by Moshe Safdie, the architecture is said to be a form reminiscent of a lotus flower.

The design of the Museum is composed of two main parts: the base is grounded into the earth and surrounded by the Marina Bay and a massive lily pond, while a flower-like structure made of 10 petals seemingly floats above the landscaped giant lily pond. The petals rise towards the sky with varying heights, each crowned by a skylight which draws in daylight penetrating the base and illuminating the 21 gallery space within.

The Sandcrawler

Designed by Andrew Bromberg, the Sandcrawler building in Fusionopolis was inspired by the massive Sandcrawlers in George Lucas’ Star Wars films. It makes the perfect regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore, The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia), and ESPN Asia Pacific.

The all-glass facade blends futuristic architecture with the lush gardens and foliage that spills over terraces. But that’s not all. Lift lobbies also take the form of spaceship airlocks with white and metallic spaces. Thought things couldn’t get more extra? Look out for a commissioned metre-high bronze sculpture of Yoda located in between the building’s two wings.

Jewel Changi Airport

On the outside, it might just look like a futuristic dome but step inside and you’ll see that this majestic dome is home to over 280 dining and retail outlets, the tallest indoor waterfall in the world and even a man-made rainforest. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie (who also did Marina Bay Sands), Jewel features a distinctive dome-shaped facade made of glass and steel, making it an iconic landmark in the airport’s landscape.

Marina One

Marina One looks like it came right out of a sci-fi film. In fact, it was a filming location for Westworld Season 3. The mixed-use building is a stunning piece of architecture surrounded by foliage and lush greenery (you’ll even find man-made waterfalls here). At the core of the building is a spectacular five-meter high space sculpture which brings to life the unique shape of the “Marina One” buildings.

Reflections @ Keppel Bay

Designed by Daniel Libeskind who also created the masterplan of the World Trade Center Memorial, Reflections @ Keppel Bay is a futuristic glass masterpiece sitting pretty in by the bay. The luxury waterfront residential complex also has the best panoramic views of Mount Faber and Sentosa.

Henderson Waves

Perched high above the tree canopies – 36 metres above sea level – is Henderson Waves, the tallest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It was originally built as a series of seven waves connecting several parks within the Southern Ridges. The architectural marvel has made, er, waves around the world too. The bridge by RSP Architects has won numerous awards such as the SIA Architectural Design Awards, Cityscape Global Awards and the BCA Construction Productivity Awards Platinum.

Picture Courtesy: Lily Banse

Blog Courtesy: Dewi Nurjuwita