Design accolades for iconic Singapore projects

16 Nov 2011

Marina Bay Sands and School of the Arts have both been awarded Singapore President’s Design Award 2011 for raising the bar of design excellence in Singapore.

Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, Marina Bay Sands skillfully weaves together the complex range of uses, from hotel, shops and exhibition convention to entertainment, into a stunning building that has become a new icon for Singapore. Complex in composition, the delivery of this multiple award-winning architectural and engineering marvel has called on Arup’s global expertise to resolve the project’s unique challenges. Arup was responsible for civil, structural, geotechnical, fire, and façade engineering as well as, traffic, acoustic and blast consulting.

School of the Arts (SOTA) is Singapore’s first tertiary arts school and gives aspiring students the confidence to develop their talents to a higher level in an inspiring and engaging environment. Designed by local award-winning architect, WOHA, Arup also played a key role in developing the brief together with the client. The school has succeeded in so many different ways: as a piece of environmental engineering, as a place of privileged education, and as an urban landmark. It has already garnered a number of prestigious international awards including the 2011 Jorn Utzon Award for International Architecture, the RIBA International Award 2011 and the World Architecture Festival 2010.  Arup provided fire and facade engineering, acoustic and theatre consulting to create a ‘laboratory of creativity’ within the school’s various performance, academic, rehearsal and supporting facilities.

The President’s Design Award represents the pinnacle of recognition in Singapore’s design sector. It aims to celebrate the diversity of ideas that move beyond mere aesthetics to enhancing human potential and national competitiveness.



Jenny Lie

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  • Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort © Darren Soh

    Marina Bay Sands® is characterised by three cascading hotel towers topped with a 1.2ha Sands SkyPark; two crystal pavilions and a lotus-inspired museum.

  • Singapore School of the Arts (SOTA) © Darren Soh

    SOTA is Singapore’s first independent, pre-tertiary arts school.