Opinion is split as to whether the two huge, spiked shells that roof the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay project, just east of the Padang and the Esplanade Park, are peerless modernistic architecture or indulgent kitsch. They have variously been compared to kitchen sieves, hedgehogs, even durians (the preferred description among locals), though two giant insect eyes is perhaps the best comparison.

The venue boasts a concert hall, theatres, gallery space and, on the third floor, [email protected], with a wide range of arts-related books and other resources. It’s possible to take a self-guided iTour of the building based around audiovisual content stored on a hand-held gizmo, but what lures most casual visitors are the views, particularly fine at dusk, across the bay to the Financial District and Marina Bay Sands.

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