The Man who Designed Singapore’s Iconic Pool
Singapore, Landmarks –
JEAN MICHEL-GATHY loves how light plays with architecture, and is the name behind the infinity swimming pool at Marina Bay Sands
DRAMATIC WATER FEATURES are evident in all of Jean-Michel Gathy’s designs, and play to a strong visual narrative. The way light plays with architecture is one of the reasons the principal designer of leading architectural firm Denniston loves his job so much. It is also one of the reasons why Gathy is renowned for his exquisite pools, water bodies, spas and luxury resorts all over the world.
The Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands
Everyone wants to take a dip in this swimming pool and take a selfie against the backdrop of the shimmering waters of Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline. The world’s largest 150-m rooftop pool designed by Belgium-born Gathy is part of the Skypark terrace that nestles 57 stories high, above three towers of Marina Bay Sands Resort.
An infinity pool, where water constantly flows seamlessly over the edge to create the illusion that there is no edge, requires design and engineering precision. A perfectly level wall is needed for the water to cascade over in a delicate, unbroken sheet and – achieving this 200 metres above ground is a feat in itself.
Tying in the narrative of the pool to its surroundings is Gathy’s keen eye for geometry, symmetry, balance and sustainable and local traditional and cultural elements. “It is important to address all the components of architecture, interiors and landscape at once in a synergistic seamless flow when building a hotel,” shares Gathy. Ultimately, comfort is key.
Current projects Jean-Michel Gathy is working on include One&Only Resorts’ First Resorts in Hainan, China and Europe, and Aman New York. Gathy is based in Malaysia.
Story by Carol Kraal. Photographs and press releases courtesy of Denniston Architects, and Marina Bay Sands