The Esplanade

The Esplanade, with its iconic pair of striking, futuristic-looking domes with spiky cladding, is perhaps Singapore’s most quirky-looking building that catches the most attention and arouses the most curiosity of tourists. Officially opened in 2001, this performing arts centre is situated at the waterfront overlooking Marina Bay, near the mouth of the Singapore River. Besides its 2,000-seat Lyric Theatre designed in a horseshoe form following a traditional European opera house and equipped with the state-of the-art acoustics, there are also a 1,800-seat Concert Hall with exclusive VIP Private Boxes, studios for small scale musical performances, various outdoor performance venues, private functions rooms, Singapore’s first arts library, a shopping mall, and cosmopolitan bars and restaurants. Just next to the Esplanade is the world’s largest floating performing stadium which has a seat capacity of 30,000 people and has become a common venue for Singapore’s National Day Celebrations.

 

The Esplanade - fondly dubbed "the Durian" by the locals.

The Esplanade – fondly dubbed “the Durian” by the locals.

A picturesque night scene of the contemporary architecture.

A picturesque night scene of the contemporary architecture.

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