Marina Bay Sands is arguably one of the world’s most challenging construction projects and certainly the most expensive stand-alone integrated resort property ever built. The SkyPark is a triumph of modern engineering with a bold look and daring design elements.
This unique structural masterpiece, designed by visionary architect Moshe Safdie, spans the width of all three soaring Marina Bay Sands hotel towers.
The Marina Bay Sands SkyPark appears to float like a ship across the top of the three towers of the hotel, and the pool literally spills over an astonishing 478-foot (146-meter) vanishing edge.
Imagine yourself floating in the Marina Bay Sands rooftop infinity pool, gazing down on the glittering city skyline from 57 levels above. From swimming, stretching out to sunbathe on a luxurious poolside lounger, photo-taking, relaxing in the shade of a palm tree or sipping on champagne while experiencing the remarkable sunset amidst the clouds, you will not find a more spectacular view anywhere.
Featured by the likes of National Geographic, the Discovery Channel’s “Build It Bigger” and others for its bold look and daring design elements, the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark in Singapore is a triumph of modern engineering. The SkyPark is the 1-hectare roof terrace that connects and sits atop the three 56-story hotel towers. Measuring 478 feet long (146 meters), almost three Olympic swimming pools in length, the pool is the world’s largest infinity-edge pool at that height. It comprises 422,000 pounds (191,416 kilos) of stainless steel and holds 380,000 gallons (1,438,456 liters) of water.
The SkyPark is one of the most incredible technological feats in the pool industry, because of the consideration of the three towers’ movement by wind at that height and the settlement of the buildings in the ground over time.
There is a 146-meter infinity-edge stainless steel pool, three large hydrotherapy spas, a wading pool and a reflecting pool sitting on top of three independent 56-floor hotel towers. With the notoriety of the Marina Bay Sands project being one of the most incredible engineering and technological feats in the pool industry, the project also came with its own set of unique challenges to conquer.
Natare engineered this stainless steel swimming pool to allow for the swaying of the three skyscrapers in every direction. There are four movement joints beneath the main pools, designed to help them withstand the natural motion of the towers, and each joint has a unique range of motion. The total range of motion is 500 millimeters (19.68 inches). The SkyPark is designed for wind pressures of up to 2.5 kPa (5,933 lbs./ft² or 250 kg/m²) and wind speeds of up to 105 ft./s (32 m/s).
In addition to wind, the hotel towers are also subject to settlement in the earth over time, so engineers built and installed custom jack legs to allow for future adjustment at more than 500 points beneath the pool system. The pool also adjusts to maintain its level flow along the horizon of the infinity-edge, even as the three buildings settle into the ground at different rates over the years. This jacking system is important primarily to ensure the infinity edge of the pool continues to function properly.
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