The building of a landmark Bridge at Marina Bay was first announced in Mar 2006. The Bridge will link the Bayfront area to Marina Centre, completing a walking route that brings visitors to the major attractions around the bay and is envisaged to be a destination point by itself – a place for visitors to enjoy and catch a panoramic view of the Singapore city skyline.
Led by award-winning architect Prof Philip Cox, a consultant team, consisting COX Group Pte Ltd (Australia), ARUP Pte Ltd (Australia) and Architects 61 (Singapore), was appointed to oversee the design and construction of this new Bridge.
The new Bridge will have two components – a six-lane vehicular bridge which is parallel to Sheares Bridge and a six-metre wide curved pedestrian bridge that embraces Marina Bay.
World’s First Curved ‘Double Helix’ Pedestrian Bridge
The pedestrian bridge is the world’s first curved “Double Helix” pedestrian bridge. It comprises two opposite spiraling steel members that are held together by a series of connecting struts to form a tubular structure. This provides an inherent strength, ideal for the curved form. Its resemblance to the structure of DNA, the basic building block of life, symbolises “life and continuity”, “renewal”, “everlasting abundance” and “growth”, reflecting our aspirations for Marina Bay.
Visitors can take in the views of the city skyline and waterfront or watch events happening within the Bay from the bridge’s viewing platforms (‘pods’), which will extend out over the water.
Unique Crossing Experience
Crossing the bridge will be a unique and pleasant experience.
The inner spiral of the double-helix design will be used to support fritted-glass and steel mesh canopies. The canopies will be installed at strategic locations to offer shade for pedestrians. In between, areas will be left open to allow unblocked views of the Bay. Seats will be provided at resting points.
At night, the bridge will be illuminated by a series of lights that will enhance the double helix design and visitors’ experience. These lights can be programmed with different colours and effects to set the mood for various festivals and events.
The vehicular bridge will link the future Bayfront Avenue and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort to Raffles Avenue at the junction with Temasek Avenue, next to the Singapore Flyer. Its simple design blends in with the existing Benjamin Sheares Bridge to form a backdrop to the sculptural pedestrian connection.
Bridge Completion Date
The construction of the bridge is targeted for completion in end 2009.
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