American casino giant Las Vegas Sands operates the $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands gambling complex in Singapore and now they are opening the world’s first ArtScience museum next month.
The museum has been designed by the world famous architect Moshe Safdie and has a shape close to that of a lotus flower. After taking advice from their feng shui master, the museum is due to open on February 17th at 1:18pm.
Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas Sands chairman has called the museum the “Welcoming Hand of Singapore”. The museum features 10 “fingers” which are connected by a central round base. Each finger has been designed to reveal different gallery spaces and each has a skylight at the “fingertip” designed to illuminate the curved interior walls. Safdie has also designed a system where by rain water is collected on the roof of the museum; it is then channelled down through the centre of the structure and used to feed the reflecting pond and the bottom of the building.
In total there are 21 gallery spaces which occupy 50,000 square feet (or 6,000 square meters) which will display exhibits about art, science, media, technology, design, architecture and much more.
There are a number of permanent exhibits which aim to show the accomplishments of the arts and sciences across the ages, they include items such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Flying Machine, a Kongming Lantern and a robot fish.
Aside from the permanent exhibition the museum shall also be hosting marquee exhibitions which have been put together by some of the words top museum collections. They shall also be launching a speaker series which hopes to bring world leaders in the ArtScience field to Singapore.