Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Marina and Marina Barrage

Today I decided to take a look at the Marina Barrage. Recently, the Singapore Government completed work on a barrage that effectively turns the mouth of the Singapore River into a huge reservoir. So what used to be Marina Bay is now the Marina Reservoir.
I’ve seen some shots from it on Flickr, so I decided to have a look for myself. This is the Barrage itself, taken at ground level:
Perspective - View of the Barrage from end to end (taken at floor level)
And some shots of the View towards the City:
View across the Reservoir from the Barrage
Here, you can see the 3 towers of the new Marina Bay Sands Resort & Casino being built on the Marina shore. You can see that the top is almost complete:
View of the Casino from the Barrage
And this one, taken from the opposite shore to the main building shows the CBD in the background:
View of the Casino and City from the Barrage
In the centre of the Pump House building is an area with fountains and a statue of what looks like an athlete throwing the world in a slingshot. Strange, but it photographs well:
This Statue is throwing the world..
And there’s a grass walkway up to the “green” roof. I did go up there, but it was packed with kids flying their kites, so I decided not to hang around.
Ramp to the Green Roof of the Barrage Pump House
Next, I headed into the City. I wanted to get a couple of Shots over the Marina itself. I decided to head to the Esplanade, as I’ve already been to Merlion Park a couple of times to shoot. The Esplanade (often called the Durian) is an Arts/Theatre complex on the Marina, and very easy to get to from the Nicholl Highway. I got a few nice shots across the Bay (I guess it’s a Reservoir now, not a Bay):
Singapore City Skyline - from the Esplanade
The white building in the centre of this shot is the Fullerton Hotel – formerly the General Post Office – a beautiful old colonial building.
Looking across the Marina from the Esplanade
And finally this shot of the Esplanade’s iconic roof.
Oh look, the Sky!
Then, I headed home, tired, but having had a great wander around some of the waterfront of Singapore.

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