Stroll along the Marina Bay Sands waterfront and the ArtScience building’s huge petals open up above you like a giant white lily. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie’s Singapore office, the museum is an experiential delight organised as two major spaces positioned around a central atrium. Its form was described by the architects as ‘the welcoming hand of Singapore’, a personification of the city state’s ‘passion made possible’, nurturing, creative spirit. Exhibits hover within a sculptural form over the promenade, while a second collection of gallery spaces is located beneath a large water garden. The museum’s dish-shaped roof collects rainwater and drains it through an oculus to create a waterfall through the open-air atrium.
The venue hosts major international touring exhibitions, curated through collaborations with organisations such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institute. A permanent exhibition, ‘Future World: Where Art Meets Science’, immerses visitors in a dynamic 1,500 sq m digital universe of interactive art installations revolving around the themes of nature, town, park and science. §