5 Gorgeous Building Structures In Singapore
While Singapore might not have many world-class museums or globally-known sports teams, but what it is lacking in traditional tourist attractions it more than makes up for in beautiful building structures. It is a great city to walk around and take in the cool sights and sounds.
Here are 5 gorgeous building structures in Singapore that you will not want to miss on your next trip:
Nanyang Technological University — Scool of Art, Design & Media
The School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University is simply breathtaking. With an amazing green roof that is difficult to look away from, the building seamlessly blends landscape and structure with the high-tech school. The intent of the roof was that a school for art should inspire creativity; they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
Marina Bay Sands
One of the newer iconic buildings (opened in 2010) in Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands, which was developed by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Reportedly the most expensive building ever built at an estimated $4.7 billion, this marvelous addition to the Singapore skyline is an unforgettable sight because of the boat-shaped SkyPark located at the top.
If you want to do more than admire the structure, you are in luck — the property also includes theatres, entertainment venues, restaurants, and retailer. The rooftop infinity pool located in the aforementioned SkyPark has received exceptional reviews from visitors.
Located near the mouth of the Singapore River, the Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay building is a concert hall and theatre known for its wide variety of programs. The structure is known locally as The Durian because it resembles a durian fruit. Others have compared the look of the building to the eyes of a fly. Aluminum sunshades cover the roof of the Esplanade. Many visitors to Singapore rate the Esplanade building as their favorite sight of the trip.
When the Esplanade was being built, many locals criticized the design as being insensitive to Singapore’s climate and location. Other world-class structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Eiffel Tower also faced opposition from locals when they were built, so opposing views don’t always mean something is wrong with the building. The Esplanade appears well on its way to legendary status in Singapore. Apart from the shows and the magnificent building, the Esplanade is a great place to go for scenic outdoor views.
Star Vista Mall
Like the Nanyang Technological University building above, the Star Vista Mall in Singapore is another futuristic-looking structure that awes visitors. The mall bills itself as an urban retail sanctuary set within a uniquely integrated and natural environment. From the outside, the building looks different than anything you have ever seen before; the design is eco-friendly, but it is put together in a way that looks like it could fly away into space any second. After admiring the structure, head inside the Star Vista and wander around the stores. There are dozens of restaurants, retail shops, and other places to shop for souvenirs and mementos.
Built in the 1890’s, the Baba House is one of Singapore’s best preserved heritage homes. It provides a much-needed glimpse into the life of an affluent Peranakan (descendants of Chinese immigrants from hundreds of years ago who migrated to the Indonesian archipelago and British Malaya) family living in the area over 100 years ago. While you can admire the cute blue building from the outside at any time, the only way inside is through a guided tour, which are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays. Oh, and one more thing — the tours are free!
These five buildings are only a fraction of the beautiful structures in Singapore. If you take in all of the building above and still want to see more, try walking through neighborhoods like Little India, Chinatown, and Kampong Glam — all feature amazing architecture, hidden treasures, and succulent food. Singapore is a lovely city with much to offer, so give it a few days to explore on your next Asia itinerary.