Lotus Flower ArtScience Museum

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An iconic presence along the Marina Bay waterfront in Singapore, ArtScience Museum is a living, breathing embodiment of the ArtScience theme. The museum’s combination of striking architecture, award-winning design, strong and intellectual discussions makes it’s unique internationally. The museum hosts major international touring exhibitions giving Singaporeans and tourists the possibility to enjoy in Art and Science from all over the world.

The architecture of the museum is perhaps one of the most interesting designs in the area and stands out when surrounded by rectangular shaped buildings. It is designed by famous architect Moshe Safdie who was inspired by a lotus flower.

Building is also known like “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore.”

The concept is that each finger stands for different gallery spaces which have supporting skylights at the fingertips which provide a sustainable illumination for the curved interior walls. A master class in green architecture, ArtScience museum features 21 gallery spaces totaling 50,000 square feet (6,000 m2) that delivering exhibits from art and science, design and architecture, to media and technology.

In total, there are three levels of galleries linked with large elevators and escalators carrying the public from lower to upper galleries.

The asymmetrical museum structure is composed by double-curved fiber reinforced polymer skin typically used at such a scale in the construction of boats and yachts with the vertical sides of each petal sheathed in bead-blasted stainless steel panels. It reaches upward into the skyline as high as 60 meters. This assembly is supported by ten columns and tied down at its center by a basket, sculptural centerpiece. The result in an efficient resolution of the structural forces for the building, giving it a seemingly weightless quality as it hovers above the ground.

The building has some interesting sustainability features as well. The dish-like roof form collects rainwater and drains it through an oculus, creating central waterfall in the building. The recirculated water is filtered and used for the restroom facilities.

The ArtScience Museum offers a wonderful display of art and science across numerous cultures and centuries.
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