Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool in Singapore
Feels like I’m at the edge of the top of the world! I’m at the Infinity Pool at Hotel Marina Bay, Singapore, and boy, what a view this is! Located on the 57th floor of the world’s most expensive hotel, this pool offers stunning views of Singapore’s financial district, Marina Bay, and beyond. At three times the length of an Olympic pool and 650 ft up, the Marina bay infinity pool, accessible only to hotel guests, is the largest outdoor pool in the world at that height! There’s also an observation deck here at Marina Bay, which is open to the general public as well.
If I wasn’t here already, I’d be giddy just at the thought of it. I’m no good with heights to be honest, but the hotel staff assured me that the pool is completely safe. They tell me that the key to a good infinity pool lies in its strong foundation. Infinity pools, by definition, are built at precarious locations, which make it imperative that they feature extensive structural, mechanical, and architectural detailing. Although it seems like the pool has no boundary, in reality, the edge of the pool ends at a weir that is lower than the required pool water level. This is done to ensure that the pool is safe, as also to facilitate the cycling of water back into the pool.
The concept of infinity pools, a knowledgeable staff member tells me, originated in France, as early as the hotel was built by world renowned design architect and urban planner, Mr Moshe Safdie, who also launched the Marina Bay Sands Art Path a day after the launch. What a vision the man must have had to be able to build something so fantastic!