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photoblog image Reservoir: Marina Barrage 1

Reservoir: Marina Barrage 1

This ambitious billion dollar project was started off in 2008. After the 350m barrage was created, it was up to the natural rainfall to flush away the salt. Any construction in general is difficult in Singapore, because the soil has high proportion of clay. I remember reading somewhere that to simulate this, all you have to do is picture a brick (or 4!) on a tube of toothpaste. They get around this by draining the water content and adding copious amounts of sand - the latter is quite some import bill. 

 

Just about everything seen here is standing on reclaimed land.

Reservoir: Marina Barrage 1

This ambitious billion dollar project was started off in 2008. After the 350m barrage was created, it was up to the natural rainfall to flush away the salt. Any construction in general is difficult in Singapore, because the soil has high proportion of clay. I remember reading somewhere that to simulate this, all you have to do is picture a brick (or 4!) on a tube of toothpaste. They get around this by draining the water content and adding copious amounts of sand - the latter is quite some import bill. 

 

Just about everything seen here is standing on reclaimed land.

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Aug 2019, 00:30
Singapore is getting a fabulously unique skyline, Ayush, and you are capturing it well.
Ayush Basu: It is easy to see the intent to push for an intensive development (but not at the cost of nature and natural resources) of the available scarce land, Ray.
C'est une vue impressionnante sur cet immeuble futuriste.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Martine.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 21 Aug 2019, 02:01
This is quite an impressive skyline.
Ayush Basu: And ever evolving, Beth.
Some skyline that Ayush...
Ayush Basu: I should come down here more often with my camera, Frank.
Wow that is just incredible!! Looks sci-fi!!
Ayush Basu: There is indeed a certain amount of science and engineering involved here, Elizabeth.
Forget the barrage for a minute, Ayush, because all I'm still trying to figure out is what ship is sitting atop those buildings in the background!
Ayush Basu: Oh that is the Sands hotel building, Ginnie. One of the largest properties outside of the US, if I am not wrong. And indeed the common rooftop looks a bit like a ship - it contains a 150m long swimming pool.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Aug 2019, 06:36
An amazing place. Is that a garden way up there??
Ayush Basu: Not exactly a garden, but a lot of trees that were transplanted, Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Aug 2019, 06:44
This is impressive, Ayush. I know for sure that some Dutch engineers might have been invited here to think out the possibilities of building. As you might know we have a saying: "God created the world but the Dutch created the Netherlands". Almost everything we built is built on concrete poles hit hard into the ground.. we have clay-ground too. But still it impresses me out the job is done. Are those boys flying a kite smile
Ayush Basu: Indeed I am familiar with that saying, Astrid. I am quite sure that you are right on that because if I was an engineer on working on such projects, I would certainly want to learn from international engineers who have worked on the Delta Works or the Channel tunnel and similar projects!
Yes, the sky is filled all kinds of creative kites on weekends!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Aug 2019, 06:47
Some very impressive structures. There appears to to be a woodland balanced on top of the three skyscrapers; it looks like their are tres there. I like the very curvy building between that and the Ferris wheel.
Ayush Basu: Quite a number of transplanted trees, Alan. The curvy building is a very large greenhouse that houses trees from all around the world, that simply would not survive in Singapore's normal tropical climate.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 21 Aug 2019, 06:57
They have met all the challenges remarkably well Ayush.
Ayush Basu: They set their vision straight, I think, which is indeed remarkable for a country that depends only on its human resources, Chad.
wow, that's an astounding story!! i didn't know that!! it's very beautiful construction, looks like a futuristic movie set!!
Ayush Basu: My father is a structural engineer and he never gets over his amazement of new projects of Singapore, Elaine.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Aug 2019, 11:32
I see one of Bill's planes up there smile This is a great picture, with a whole lot to look at - and starting to realise what Singapore is.
Ayush Basu: You put it well, Louis - and my take on this matter is that this is a small nation that made a conscious decision to bet on its human resources and is continuing to d so in to the future.
The solutions engineers and architects come up with these days would surprise our forefathers. This is a fine shot, but why have those three buildings got a Submarine laying across the top fo them smile
Ayush Basu: They are pushing the boundaries, Brian, and I completely in agreement with your statement. My father is a structural engineer and he never gets over his amazement of new projects of Singapore. And indeed the common rooftop looks a bit like a submarine/ship - it contains a 150m long swimming pool, plus bars, restaurants, etc.
This doesn't look real Ayush. it is like something out of a Sci fi magazine
Ayush Basu: It is easy to see the intent to push for an intensive development (but not at the cost of nature and natural resources) of the available scarce land, Bill. It does look unusual.
Wow! this is a spectacular skkyline Ayush... i am amazed at the modern architecture of Singapore....petersmile
Ayush Basu: I am often here for other purposes and not always with my camera, I should change that, Peter. There are interesting lessons in engineering here.
Do those three towers have houses on the top??
Ayush Basu: The three are hotel towers, Tom, with a swimming pool on the top along with some bars and restaurants, etc.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 22 Aug 2019, 15:52
what a busy city
Ayush Basu: A city of about 5 million people in about 650 square kilometers, Sherri.
wow! cool building!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Aug 2019, 01:37
WOW!!!

You have captured so many details in this photograph.

I could look at it for hours!

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