6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore
The ArtScience Museum, the first of its kind in the world, is the latest museum to open in Singapore and forms part of the impressive Marina Bay Sands complex. The museum promises to become a premier venue for major international touring exhibitions from the most renowned collections in the world, which will be displayed in its 21 gallery spaces totalling 50,000 square feet. The exhibitions will embrace a spectrum of influences from art and science, media and technology to design and architecture.
The museum's showpiece exhibition, ArtScience: A Journey Through Creativity will feature a series of permanent exhibits designed to open a dialog about art and science and the symbiotic relationship between them. Visitors travel on a journey through three unique spaces: Curiosity, Inspiration and Expression.
The museum building is nothing short of spectacular. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the iconic lotus design features 10 'fingers' or 'petals' each revealing different gallery spaces, with skylights illuminating the dramatically curved interior walls. The dish-like roof channels rainwater through the central atrium of the building, creating a 35-meter drop into a small reflecting pool – this rainwater is then recycled for use in the building's restrooms.