Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd
August 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd
Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) at Marine South, it is designed for operational efficiency to ensure a smooth and seamless visitor experience. The terminal has the facilities to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships including Oasis-class vessel currently in service. The terminal building at 28300 m2, will have the ability to handle 6,800 cruise passengers at any one time, effectively doubling Singapore’s current berth capacity. The facilities included spacious arrival and departure halls and a large ground transportation area to efficiently and expeditiously process a large volume of passenger traffic expected.
Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) is a design collaboration between RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd (RSP) and Bermello, Ajamil& Partners (BA). RSP led the design of the architectural form and details of the terminal, while BA, with their specialized experience in cruise terminal design are primarily responsible for the functional design of the internal layout and traffic circulation.
The MBCCS commands a prominent waterfront location with the downtown Singapore skyline as its backdrop. It will serve as the key marine gateway to Singapore just as Changi Airport serves as the air gateway. The MBCCS will complement several other developments which have / will become iconic of Singapore, such as the Business Financial Centre, the Marina Bay Sand, the Singapore Flyer, the Esplanade and the Gardens by the Bay. Together, they present Singapore as a complete destination with world-class attractions, infrastructure and leisure facilities.
The exterior design of MBCCS adopts a marine theme, with the wave motif being the principal feature of the roofscape design. The roofscape interprets waves as a series of undulating roof forms. The expression is not literal, but cubistic, with linear, not curvilinear form.
The roof was created as the fifth and prime elevation by virtue of its expanse. The roof profile intensifies the visual interest from afar. Appearing as low rolling waves from a distance, the waves become more apparent and distinct in height and form as the ship approaches and eventually berths. Viewed from the height of the towering cruise liners when berthed, it becomes a two dimensional mosaic of shapes and patterns which are open to differing interpretations.
The interior design of the MBCCS continues and develops the marine themes adopted for the external form. Naturally, there lies beneath the waves a submarine aquatic environment with a myriad of colours and shades of light filtering through the turquoise waters.
The concept is reflected at the ceiling. It is clad in undulating aluminium panels in various shades of the blue turquoise and green, recreating the waves on the surface and natural colours of the marine waters. The mosaic of patterns and shapes created by sunlight filtering through the surface of the sea is represented by the pattern of the lighted ceiling panels.
Consistent with the cubistic expression of the waves on the roofscape, the ceiling panels adopt the shape of the parallelogram. This shape also mimics the form of a fish. Alternating light and dark panels even suggest schools of fish swimming with their bodies glistening as they catch the rays of the sun.
We position the MBCCS at the frontier of the evolving skyline of Marina South. The MBCCS will be the forerunner of a vibrant and exciting waterfront architecture and lifestyle, the likes of which will, in the years to come, leave other leading waterfront cities in the world in its wake.