The Helix Bridge, Singapore

The Helix Bridge, previously known as the Double Helix Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area in Singapore. It is located beside the Benjamin Sheares Bridge and is accompanied by a vehicular bridge, known as the Bayfront Bridge. The entire bridge was opened on 18 July 2010 to complete the entire walkway around Marina Bay.Helix Bridge is near the historic Benjamin Sheares Bridge. On one side of the bridge are attractions such as the Singapore Flyer and Esplanade‒Theatres on the Bay. Across the bridge is the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, together with the ArtScience Museum.

Plans for the bridge were announced in March 2006. The bridge was intended to link a “necklace” of attractions around the Marina Bay area, including a new youth art park that was to be constructed at the same time. Singapore issued a tender for a consortium of international architects to design the bridge. Thirty-six firms submitted bids, out of which a team of three firms was selected to oversee the project, namely Cox Group and Arup from Australia, and Architects ’61 from Singapore. This team first considered the idea of a fishnet design for the bridge to portray Singapore’s fishing village roots but discarded it in favour of a double helix structure. This association with the structure of DNA was meant to symbolise renewal and growth.
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