The Ministry of Defence put up a video preview today showing Singaporeans what the popular floating platform in Marina Bay could look like come 2025.
The one-minute video was posted just days after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on National Day about Singapore’s plans to redevelop the area into another icon of local pride, next to the Marina Bay Sands.
The NS Square will replace The Float@Marina Bay and is set to be transformed into a circular platform with an outdoor auditorium – perfect for future National Day celebrations, which are expected to take place there regularly. Other events planned for the venue include those related to the Formula One race, which has been canceled this year, and other communal events.
“Here’s a #sneakpeak of what to expect at the much-anticipated NS Square, set to replace The Float@Marina Bay, and where future NDPs may be held!” the ministry’s video caption read.
Other planned facilities for the NS Square include a swimming pool, a rooftop garden, an indoor garden, a gym and a gallery paying tribute to Singapore’s National Service and military assets. The swimming pool is expected to provide a view of the Marina Bay Sands and Art Science Museum.
The design contract for the NS Square was awarded to WOHA Architects last month.
Lee had said that the NS Square will honor the contributions of Singapore’s national servicemen across the military, navy, police force, and emergency response.
He originally announced the redevelopment of The Float @ Marina Bay into a permanent space in 2017. The Marina Bay floating platform, built in 2007, was always meant to be a temporary stage and venue for National Day Parades over nine years.
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