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Israeli born, Canadian educated and now based in the United States, Moshe Safdie is the quintessential global citizen.
He’s also the architect behind Singapore’s most recognizable building project, the Marina Bay Sands, a 38-hectare multi-purpose resort complete with three 55-story hotel towers, casino, convention center, museum and shops. […] […] CNN: What’s the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) hotel building supposed to represent?
Safdie: I don’t design in a way that tries to say this is a kettle or this is that or this is that. I try to work from first principles.
One of the principles was the hotel building should not form a wall separating the city from the ocean.
So I made it into three towers, which created big windows to the view in between.
The next step was be true to the concept of an integrated resort — lots of open space, gardens, swimming pools — but we had no space left on the ground.
That led to the idea of creating a “skypark” spanning the whole thing on the top and the feng shui master said it shouldn’t be symmetrical because that’s not a good feng shui.
So we made it very asymmetrical, by cantilevering one side dramatically. […]