Singapore: Marina Bay Sands’ Remarkable Roof

Above: The Sky Park’s swimming pool.

Taking in the view from atop Marina Bay Sands.

By Isabel Esterman

Home to what is fast becoming Asia’s most photographed swimming pool, the Marina Bay Sands’ Sky Park (10 Bayfront Ave.; 65/6688-8868; soars 200 meters above Singapore, anchored like an enormous boat to the casino hotel’s trio of 55-story towers.

Designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, the cantilevered platform encompasses 1.2 vertigo-inducing hectares—large enough to hold four A380 jets, and high enough to afford views of Batam Island, 20 kilometers off Singapore’s southern coast. Extending almost half the length of the platform, the pool provides plenty of room to splash about while taking in the bird’s-eye vista of the city; a catchment area below its infinity edge ensures that even the most over-enthusiastic of paddlers won’t tumble far.

Since its June opening, the palm-flanked pool area has been restricted to hotel guests, leaving Sky Park visitors craning for glimpses from the adjacent observation deck. But now that a branch of legendary Bali nightspot Ku De Ta has taken up residence on the platform, even day-trippers can enjoy a poolside tipple.

Originally appeared in the October/November 2010 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Sky-High in Singapore”)

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