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The Helix Bridge, Singapore Overview

Connecting the Marina Central to Marina South in the Marina Bay area of Singapore lays the gorgeous Helix Bridge in all its glory. Previously known as the Double Helix Bridge, the design of this beautiful piece of architecture is built upon the double helix structure modelled on the structure of the DNA. The unique structure symbolises 'life, continuity, and renewal of growth'.

The Helix comprises both a major and a minor helix and is the first in the world to adopt such an unconventional feature for a bridge. The visually stunning Helix Bridge was opened on 24th April 2010, after four years since the plan had been first laid out. The intention was to connect the attractions around Marina Bay in the form of a necklace. Made of a special duplex stainless steel, this 280-metre long bridge has the ability to support up to 16000 people at once. The magnificent bridge is about three storeys tall, with 2250 metre-long steel tubes which make up its structure. Since the Helix Bridge is built around 8.8 metres above water, boats have no difficulties in passing across the Marina Bay area. Situated near the Benjamin Shares Bridge, the Helix forms a curve near the Youth Olympic Park, Gardens by the Bay, and the Bayfront Bridge and is encompassed by attractions like the Esplanade Theatre and the Singapore Flyer on one side, and the ArtScience Museum and the grand Marina Bay Sands Resort across the bridge. What makes the Helix deserve a spot on your list of places-to-visit in Singapore are its sheer volume, enthralling beauty, and its mesmerising surroundings.

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The construction of the Helix began in 2007. Three firms out of thirty-six were selected to oversee the construction project, namely, the Australian architecture firms Cox and Arup, and the Singaporean Architects61. The firms which assisted in the construction were the Sato Kogyo Pte Ltd and the TTJ Design and Engineering Pte Ltd. Along the length of the bridge, four inner spirals, known as the canopies, are incorporated in order to provide shade to the pedestrians. The spectacular bridge also houses four viewing platforms so that people may take in the breathtaking views surrounding the area. The remarkable piece of architecture is illuminated by dazzling LED lights which highlight the DNA structure. There are also pairs of the alphabets A and T, as well as C and G, which are lit up by bright green and red lights, representing the four bases of the DNA.

The splendid Helix Bridge bagged a place in The Left Handed DNA Hall of Fame in 2010 owing to its left-handed DNA structure, which is the opposite of the standard DNA. In the same year, the Helix was also honoured with the “World’s Best Transport Building” award.

By Bus: The bus stop at Bayfront Avenue is the nearest bus stop. After taking the bus NR1, NR6, 97E, 97, 133 or 106, get down at this bus stop and you will reach the Helix within 4 minutes on foot.
By MRT: From the Exit A of the Promenade MRT station, it is a seven-minute walk to the bridge.

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