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World's first 'double-helix' structure bridge at Marina Bay, key part of plan to create a destination waterfront city
New landmark bridge for Marina Bay


By Kuek Chor Ling

Visitors can look forward to a unique and memorable experience crossing Marina Bay on a new landmark bridge, as well as a multicoloured, multi-sensory environment at Marina Bay, thanks to a landscape master plan.

SINGAPORE’S FUTURE DOWNTOWN at Marina Bay, the centrepiece to remake Singapore into a vibrant, global city, will have a new landmark bridge in 2009!

Set to be an urban icon and destination for visitors to Marina Bay, this new vehicular and pedestrian bridge will link Bayfront to Marina Centre. Visitors can catch a panoramic view of the city skyline and watch events happening within the Bay from five viewing platforms located at strategic spots along the bridge. The bridge will link up future attractions like the upcoming integrated resort, Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay.

Innovative design

The 280-metre pedestrian linkway - the longest in Singapore - will sport a world’s first ‘double-helix’ structure, designed by an international design consortium comprising Australian architects Cox Group and engineers Arup, with Singapore-based Architects 61. Professor Philip Cox, Cox Group said: “I was conscious that the bridge, while architecturally unique, should blend in with the surrounding environment and also be representative of the culture of the country. A horizontal, rather than vertical structure would complement other developments in the area.”

“At the same time, the double helix design was inspired by the twin yin yang forces of Asian culture, drawing in wealth, happiness and prosperity to Marina Bay.”

Professor Tristram Carfae, Arup added: “The new pedestrian bridge represents an entirely new direction in structural design. Its walkway is encircled by opposing double helix structures that refer to the famous geometrical arrangement of the stuff of life itself - DNA.”

Youthful artistic touch
To enliven the visitor experience and create a distinctive sense of ownership, the bridge will include artwork, developed from ideas submitted by Singapore youths through a month-long art competition in March 2006.

Green sanctuary
The new bridge is one of the connecting bridges that will link the three waterfront gardens at Marina South, Marina East and Marina Centre. This will form a continuous public waterfront loop.

What’s more, guided by landscape master plan drawn up by URA and NParks, tree and shrub planting along key routes and within public open spaces in the area will create a pervasive garden setting. It promises a visual treat as different colour planting schemes combining different tree and shrub species will help to differentiate the districts of Marina Boulevard, Central Boulevard, Bayfront Avenue and Sheares Avenue.