Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore
Size: 140 acres (56 ha)
With the city’s skyline as its backdrop, Marina Bay presents an array of opportunities to live, work, and play in the heart of Singapore’s city center. Over a 40-year period beginning in the 1970s, the larger Marina Bay area was progressively reclaimed to allow for the seamless extension of the central business district and the creation of a new city, focused around an urban waterfront. Today, Marina Bay has been transformed into a vibrant precinct with a mix of commercial, residential, hotel, and entertainment uses set amid well-landscaped public spaces and parks that serve as green lungs, event venues, and gathering spaces.
The waterfront promenade around the water at Marina Bay is one of the key urban spaces within the city. Marina Bay features both water and greenery and is physically and visually connected to the adjacent open spaces, including Singapore’s latest attraction, Gardens by the Bay, which has increased the urban space within the city by another 250 acres (100 ha).
Easily accessible by public transport, Marina Bay has become a focal point for events, including large-scale events such as the opening and closing ceremonies of the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, iLight Marina Bay, and the annual Marina Bay Singapore Countdown. These have been complemented by regular community and sporting events and activities, such as group walks, runs, weekend markets, outdoor concerts, and sailing and canoeing programs that have attracted locals and visitors, bringing buzz and vibrancy to the precinct throughout the year.