The Marina Barrage spans Singapore’s Marina Channel to form a freshwater reservoir while also providing flood control and, by regulating the channel’s water height, an ideal venue for water sports. Associated facilities - a pump station, visitor centre and electrical building - are housed in a distinctive sea shell-like form that rises from the bank to create a turf covered mound with double helix ramps encircling an elliptical court. While providing a setting for outdoor performances and other alfresco events, this complex encourages Singapore’s residents to appreciate water as a resource. The turf roof provides insulation and solar panels harness energy.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.