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BLOG: Singapore Technology Innovation - The SkyPark

Ross O. Storey | April 19, 2011
Visible proof of the link between inspiration, technology and the practical application of brilliant creativity.

Last week I gave one of the highest presentations of my entire career - from 200 metres in the air, 57 floors above the ground - in the deluxe Ku De Ta restaurant, atop the SkyPark, which is the crown of the magnificent US$8 billion Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore.

The occasion, hosted by networking giant Cisco and CIO Asia magazine, was the latest exclusive event for the CIOciety, a members-only body dedicated to providing CIOs with the latest IT thought leadership and information.

Call it a boat, call it a boomerang, call it an aircraft wing, the surreal SkyPark, which offers a spectacular view of Singapore, the South China Sea and even parts of Indonesia, has the largest and longest public observation cantilever in the world, and, at 150 metres, the world's longest, elevated infinity swimming pool.

The cantilever is that forward part of the SkyPark that sticks out from the north tower by nearly 70 metres, beyond the edge of the main structure. So when you stand there you are some 200 metres up in the air, like being on the point of a giant surfboard - what surfers call 'Hanging Five'.

But, I told the delegates not to worry, because the MBS towers have been engineered to gracefully 'sway' in the breeze to alleviate any potential damage from the weather.

Longer than the Eiffel Tower

The boat-like SkyPark stretches longer than the Eiffel Tower laid down on its side. It is the equivalent length of four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets, or the size of the world's largest aircraft carrier.

The dazzling three Marina bay Sands Hotel towers have been designed to look like packs of shuffling playing cards. The complex has an art and science museum, shaped like a lotus flower, currently housing the S$32 million sunken treasures project, which features many pieces of more than one-thousand-year-old Chinese and Arab crockery and gold, salvaged from a sunken Arab Dhow found off Indonesia.

I couldn't help but be fascinated by the contrast of such ancient relics being housed in such a dramatically creative and spectacular 21st century work of architectural art.

In my mind there is no doubt that, even though it costs S$20, catching the lift up to the top of the SkyPark will soon become one of the 'must do' activities for visitors to Singapore.

My presentation was to do with virtualisation and cloud computing and I couldn't help but comment about how appropriate the SkyPark and the Marina Bay Sands were as venues to discuss these technology approaches.

Cloud computing has matured


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