Friday, 7 May 2010
The Helix Bridge - Singapore
The Helix Bridge previously known as the Double Helix Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area in Singapore. It was officially opened on April 24, 2010 at 9 pm. It is located beside the Benjamin Sheares Bridge and is accompanied by a vehicular bridge, known as the Bayfront Bridge.
The bridge complements other major development projects planned in the area, including the highly-anticipated Integrated Resort Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay and the 438,000 m² business and financial centre which will be ready by 2012.
The design consortium is an international team comprising Australian architects the Cox Group and engineers Arup, and Singapore based Architects 61. The bridge is expected to be a focal point for the community, linking cultural, recreational and entertainment facilities in the area and complements the overall pedestrian scheme of Marina Bay.
The bridge also functions as a gallery where childrens' paintings and drawings are exhibited for public viewing.
Canopies (made of fritted-glass and perforated steel mesh) are incorporated along parts of the inner spiral to provide shade for pedestrians. The bridge has five viewing platforms sited at strategic locations which provide stunning views of the Singapore skyline and events taking place within Marina Bay.At night, the bridge will be illuminated by a series of lights that highlight the double-helix structure, thereby creating a special visual experience for the visitors.
The Land Transport Authority claims it is a world's first in architectural & engineering bridge design.
great piece of engineering and at night with the lights on it truly looks spectacular!!
Click here for the start of a great weekend.
Click here for a wander around the gardens of Istana
Click here for the MRT from Dhoby Ghaut to the new Esplanade MRT
next posting will be The Marina Bay Sands!!