Suntec City is a major multi-use development located in Marina Centre, a subzone of the Downtown Core in Singapore. Construction began on 18 January 1992 followed by full completion and opening on 22 July 1997. Suntec City Office Towers houses a number of foreign diplomatic/non-diplomatic missions that are resident in Singapore. Embassy of Spain on the 39th floor of Tower 1, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office on the 34th floor of Tower 2, Embassy of Rwanda on the 14th floor of Tower 3, Embassy of Chile on the 24th floor of Tower 3, Embassy of Qatar on the 41st floor of Tower 3, the Taiwan Trade Center on the 9th floor of Tower 4. Suntec City was designed by McKown Architects with emphasis on Chinese geomancy; the five buildings and the convention center are arranged so that they look like a left hand when viewed aerially. The Fountain of Wealth appears like a golden ring in the palm of the hand; as the fountain is made of bronze, it is believed that the balance of metal and water paves the way for success.
Further, the specially selected Chinese name, 新达, means "new achievement". The Urban Redevelopment Authority mentioned Suntec City as one of the largest commercial developments in Singapore. Suntec City was awarded two FIABCI Prix d' Excellence awards for excellence in all aspects of real estate development in 1999. Suntec has claimed other prizes, including the 1998 Tourism Award from the Singapore Tourism Board. Suntec City has been featured three times on The Amazing Race reality television show. Once on the US version Season 3 and twice on the Asian version in both Season 1 and Season 2. At the centre of Suntec City lies the Fountain of Wealth, which Suntec claims to be the largest fountain in the world; the Guinness World Records has withdrawn the "Largest Fountain" category from its website. Suntec City office towers comprise five buildings across Towers One to Five with four 45-storey and one 18-storey tower making up the five office towers at Suntec City; the latter has 28,000 square feet of net lettable floor area on each floor while the 45-storey towers consist of floor plates ranging from 10,000 to 14,000 square feet.
In total, there are about 2.3 million square feet of office space. Tower One to Four is 45-storey representing the 4 fingers and Tower 5 is 18-storey representing the thumb. In the precincts of the Suntec Towers, are firms like Portcullis, which had become the focus of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in 2013 in their “Offshore Leak” reports. Laws like Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act or FATCA, which require banks in Singapore to automatically transmit the account data of American citizens to US authorities, are not present in many countries financial treaties, or are overlooked by erring serious fraud corrupt politicians; the focus of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in 2013 had been on two firms, which are Commonwealth Trust Limited and Portcullis TrustNet. Suntec City Mall is a shopping centre in Singapore, located within the Marina Centre subzone of the Downtown Core. Opened in 1994 together with initial phases of the Suntec City development, it was the largest shopping centre in Singapore with 888,000 square feet of retail space until the opening of VivoCity in 2006.
It offers a club house called the Suntec City Guild House located on the fifth storey. The large size of the mall boasts some 360 outlets spread over 4 floors in an L-shaped configuration. To help shoppers to navigate around the mall, it was divided into four zones, namely: The West Wing, located on the lower floors of the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, offering high-end international labels targeted at convention delegates and tourists, it reopened in June 2013. The North Wing includes high end tenants, alfresco dining outlets; the Fountain Terrace, is located around the Fountain of Wealth, specialises in food and beverage outlets. The East Wing at the north-eastern end of the mall is dedicated to entertainment and lifestyle related tenants. Suntec City hosted the countdown in 2016/17 from Channel 5 artistes; the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre was opened on 1 November 1994, was known as the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Its current name was adopted in 2004 as part of a rebranding exercise. The convention centre has a total of 100,000 square metres of space, over multiple levels. Located in the heart of Singapore's business district, the International Convention Centre is conveniently located near the IOC Family Hotels, just a 10-minute walk away, it hosted Boxing, Handball, Taekwondo, Wrestling during the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. Fountain of Wealth List of convention and exhibition centres Asia's Convention City Singapore Exhibition Information
The Float @ Marina Bay
The Float at Marina Bay, stylised as The Float@Marina Bay and known as the Marina Bay Floating Platform, is the world's largest floating stage. It is located in Marina Bay, Singapore. Made of steel, the floating platform on Marina Bay measures 120 by 83 metres, 5% larger than the soccer field at the National Stadium; the platform can bear up to 1,070 tonnes, equivalent to the total weight of 9,000 people, 200 tonnes of stage props and three 30-tonne military vehicles. The gallery at the stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 people; the floating stadium will be a venue for events on the waters of Marina Bay for five years from 2007. These events may include sports, concerts and the arts and cultural performances; the National Day Parade was held there annually for five years, as a temporary venue in place of the National Stadium in Kallang, demolished to be rebuilt as part of the Singapore Sports Hub. This stadium is part of the Marina Bay Street Circuit Turns 17 and 18, which hosted the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.
More infamously, it was where Nelson Piquet, Jr. crashed his car which led to the Renault Formula One crash controversy. Following Singapore's successful bid to host the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, the floating stadium was under the spotlight during the Games, as the venue for the Games' opening and closing ceremonies; the idea of a floating platform was conceived by the organising committee of the National Day Parade, 2007. In 2004, Colonel Teo Jing Siong, the chairman of the committee, was asked to source for a new venue for the National Day Parade as the National Stadium would be demolished to make way for the new Singapore Sports Hub. Teo had considered Jalan Besar Stadium, the Singapore Turf Club and Marina South before settling on Marina Bay because of the city skyline that would form a backdrop for the parade; the Singapore Government evaluated that the temporary stadium is a cost effective solution in lieu of the closure of the National Stadium, under renovation for 8 years.
In 2005, Teo's committee worked with the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Singapore Sports Council on the design of the floating platform, which could be used to host other major events. After the design was finalised, the contractor, SembCorp Marine, started construction of the floating platform in March 2006; the stage took 13 months to build, by April 2007, the platform and seating gallery were completed and opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Many considerations were taken into account during the design phase for the construction of the floating platform; the Defence Science and Technology Agency, the platform's chief planner and developer, had to keep in mind not just its size and the load it could bear, but make sure the structure can be relocated and reconfigured to meet the requirements of different events. As a result, the platform is made of smaller platforms of pontoons, each comprising hundreds of parts. 200 pontoons were envisioned, but a unique system of connectors allowed this number to be reduced to 15, which interlock like a jigsaw puzzle.
These took one month to assemble. The connectors were designed to be robust. Six pylons fixed into the seabed act as the structure's foundation. Heavy-duty rubber rollers were used to guide the stage vertically to keep it from being rocked by tides and currents. Three linkways, which connect the floating platform to the land, have special integrated joints to keep them steady; the floating platform had to be aesthetically pleasing to fit the scenic backdrop of the belt of hotels in Marina Centre. This limited the height of the seating gallery; the existing structures and the area's development plans capped the number of seats at 30,000. The platform has been equipped with numerous innovative features, like an internal drainage system, cabling structures and lightning rods; the first major event, held at the floating stadium is the National Day Parade in 2007. This was followed by the Singapore Fireworks Celebrations held on 17 and 18 August 2007. On 25 August 2007, the stadium was used to launch the six-week-long Waterfest Singapore 2007, which showcases stunts and performances by a water ski team and wakeboard professionals.
On 2 September 2007, the platform was the start and finish point for the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore triathlon. From 15 September 2007 to 16 April 2008, the floating stadium was closed for Formula One works in preparation for the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2008; the National Day Parade continues to be held at the floating platform from 2007 to 2017, excluding 2010,2015 and 2016 where it was held at Sports Hub and Padang respectively. The Urban Redevelopment Authority had explored the area of making the 30,000-seat gallery available for the public to view fireworks during the New Year's Eve countdown at Marina Bay in December 2007, following that it used this stadium in each of the countdown parties till 2015 and shifted to Suntec City. In November 2008, The Singapore Cup final between SAFFC and Woodlands Wellington FC was supposed to take place at the stadium. However, problem relating to the metal beams casting a shadow on the pitch forced the match to be played at the Jalan Besar Stadium instead.
The first football match to be played on the platform was a Sunday League ESPZEN amateur match between Tuan Gemuk Athletic and VNNTU FC. In August 2010, the stadium was the main stadium for the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games. On 2 October 2010, the stadium became the venue for the graduation parade of the recruits from the Singapore Armed Forces Basic Military Training Centre; the pass out parade was held on Pulau Tekong itself. On 23 November 2012, S. M. Entertainment artists including Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, Supe
Bugis+ Iluma, is a 10-story shopping mall located 5 minutes from Bugis MRT Station. It is located within the Bugis district of Singapore and opened on March 28, 2009. Designed by WOHA, the facade of the mall plays with the theme of light and illumination, having high-tech features such as a light- and media facade designed by WOHA in conjunction with Berlin based media artists realities:united; the "crystal mesh" facade envelops the convex part of the building and brightly lit billboards will scatter across its flatter sides, unlike those in the Times Square. Its theme was inspired by its proximity to tertiary institutions; the opening of Iluma in 2009, was greeted with much fanfare. However, after several months, tenants started complaining about the lack of patrons though it is located just beside the busy Bugis Street; the management tried to draw in patrons by calling in international artistes such as David Archuleta and Trace Bundy. Despite their efforts, the mall still had low patronage and many tenants were forced to shut down their stores.
In April 2012, CapitaMall announced that the mall will be renamed to Bugis+. Notably, Bugis+ has the largest Uniqlo store in Singapore then, its current tenants includes Filmgarde, Cue Guru, The Editor's Market, Bershka, PULL&BEAR, Sephora, TEMT, KOI Café and The Joyden Hall. In 2011, CapitaMall Trust Management announced that they had acquired Iluma from Jack Investments for S$295 million; as part of the transfer, the mall was revamped in late 2011 and was completed in mid-2012. The mall was renamed as Bugis+; the bridge connecting Bugis Junction, owned by CapitaMall Trust Management, that did not provide direct access to Bugis Junction, now provided seamless connection. List of shopping malls in Singapore Official website
112 Katong Katong Mall and Katong People's Complex, is a seven-storey shopping mall in the east of Singapore located at the intersection of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road. The mall opened in November 2011. Completed in late 1983 as Katong People's Complex, it had an exterior facade resembling a prison cell, such as having exposed blue pipes, it was a strata titled mall back comprising a department store and various shops and eateries. There are numerous medical clinics inside the mall. In 1995, the facade was revamped and the mall was renamed Katong Mall; the department store was replaced by Cold Storage supermarket, various education centres occupied the upper floors of the mall. The mall's basements contained various strata titled units. In 2009, because of bad business, Pua Seck Guan, former chief executive of CapitaLand Retail, bought Katong Mall in a $247.55 million deal as part of an en bloc sale. A private trust called Perennial Katong Retail Trust was subsequently formed to buy the mall from Tuan Sing Holdings' Golden Cape Investment.
The trust's investors included Pua. The mall closed its doors in mid 2010 for a major makeover; when it reopened as 112 Katong in late 2011, it featured a Peranakan theme, as a reminder of its location. The mall featured a cinema, a food court, a gourmet supermarket and more than 150 specialty shops, it featured a wet and dry playground on the fourth floor. In early 2016, Keppel Land acquired a 22.4% stake in the mall from the owners at $51.4 million. In May 2016, plans were announced to redevelop the play deck on the fourth floor into an alfresco dining area. There are plans for a non-profit organisation to take up space in the mall too. In December 2018, Keppel Land acquired the remaining 77.6% stake of the mall from the subsidiary of Alpha Asia Macro Trends Fund at the price of $56.6m. Official website
The Cathay is a mixed-use 17-storey cinema, shopping mall and apartment building located at Handy Road and Mount Sophia in the Museum Planning Area of Singapore. Owned and managed by Cathay Organisation, the original building was opened in 1939 as Cathay Building. In 2000, it was closed and demolished for redevelopment. Elements of the old Cathay Cinema, including its facade, conserved as a national monument, together with a modern-day design by Paul Tange of Tange Associates Japan and RDC Architects Pte Ltd Singapore, were incorporated into the new building; the Cathay was opened on 24 March 2006. The building housed retail, food & beverage outlets and an 8-screen Cathay Cineplex which includes The Picturehouse; the Cathay Residences opened towards the end of 2006. List of shopping malls in Singapore Fiona Chan, "Cathay tenants get new round of rental rebates", The Straits Times, 20 October 2006 The Cathay's Website Cathay Organisation's Website
The PSA Building is a 183 m skyscraper at 460 Alexandra Road, Singapore. Built in 1986, it is the headquarters of PSA International, the world’s largest container transshipment hub; the building is home to Singapore's Ministry of Transport, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, one of Servcorp's office locations and several companies in the shipping industry. PSA's reception is located on the 40th floor. A retail centre — Alexandra Retail Centre has been developed to compliment the officer tower by serving as a convenience mall, which comprises three floors of retail space. Taipei Representative Office in Singapore, the foreign mission of the Republic of China, is located on the 23rd floor of the building
One-north is a subzone and business park located in Queenstown, Singapore. The park was developed by JTC Corporation for the R&D and high technology cluster, comprising biomedical sciences, infocomm technology and media industries. Though the development was first conceptualised in the National Technology Plan 1991, it was only launched in 2001 by former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan Keng Yam with the basis of creating a "global talent hub" and a knowledge-based economy.one-north, master planned by Zaha Hadid Architects, is located near educational and research institutes like the National University of Singapore, INSEAD, Singapore Institute of Technology and the Singapore Science Parks. In 2012, ESSEC Business School set up its Asian campus in one-north, for a total investment of S$40 million; the district has easy access to social and recreational facilities due to the close proximity to Holland Village. Besides being a "science hub" as Dr Tan described one-north at the launch, another aim is to create a community where expatriates and locals can gather to live and relax together in one-north.
As such, one-north will not be a government project only, but one where private sectors contribute to provide the social and recreational amenities for the people working and living there. Biopolis is a biomedical R&D hub at one-north, it houses public research institutes and private research organisations. Biopolis Phase 1 is developed by JTC Corporation at a cost of S$500 million. Phase 1 of the Biopolis comprises a cluster of seven buildings with a built-up area of 185,000 square metres. Phase 1 is home to more than 2,000 scientists, researchers and administrators; the research community is supported by infrastructure and services catering to biomedical R&D activities. Phase 2 of the Biopolis comprised two research buildings, with a built-up area of 37,000 square metres. Phase 3 of Biopolis broke ground in April 2008; the research facility extends basic research activities into translational and clinical research as well as medical technology research. The Star is a 15-storey mixed use complex integrating a performing arts centre known as The Star Performing Arts Centre and a shopping mall known as The Star Vista.
It is located near Buona Vista MRT station. The Star Vista is a shopping mall occupying the bottom six floors of The Star, four of which are basement levels; the mall is developed by Capitaland Malls. The Star Performing Arts Centre known as The Star PAC, is a 38,000-sq m performing arts center located in the top nine floors of The Star, it was completed in Oct 2012 and opened on 1 November 2012, with an inaugural concert by David Foster. It is designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas Architects, is owned by the business arm of New Creation Church, which makes this their main worship venue; the Star PAC is a 5,142-seat performance venue. Aside from the main indoor concert hall, it features a 770-seat function hall, an outdoor 300-seat amphitheatre, multipurpose rooms and a roof-top reception area. Occupying 30 hectares of land within one-north, Fusionopolis is envisioned to be an R&D hub for infocomm technology, physical sciences and engineering industries. Fusionopolis Phase 1, developed by JTC Corporation, is the first work-live-play-learn development in one-north.
Opened in October 2008, it houses public agencies such as A*STAR, MDA and SPRING as well as private companies to foster collaborations across industries, research institutes and businesses. Fusionopolis Phase 2A will yield 103,600 square metres of business park and R&D space, when completed. Phase 2A houses dry and wet laboratories, clean rooms and vibration sensitive test-bedding facilities. Fusionopolis Phase 2B is a 50,000-square metre development by a private developer which will provide business park and laboratory space to house agencies and companies that would form collaborations with those from Phases 1 and 2A. Block 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, a decades-old flatted factory within Ayer Rajah Industrial Estate, was repurposed in 2010 by the Media Development Authority to be part of one-north. Externally, as the oldest building in one-north, it lacks architectural consistency with the rest of the development. Internally, however, it is one of Singapore's high-tech hubs, with dozens of digital startups and VC funds sited directly across the street from Fusionopolis and the one-north MRT.
In March 2014 the landlord announced that the cluster of flatted factories would be expanded to JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, a start-up cluster comprising Block 79 and Block 73. The start-up cluster hosts the Action Community for Entrepreneurship's International Centre which helps Singapore start-ups expand overseas by providing resources and access to new networks and markets. Launched in early 2006, Rochester Park, a part of one-north, is a heritage site located off North Buona Vista Road, featuring several double-storey black-and-white colonial bungalows, a symbol of Singapore's colonial past; the estate has a long history with the 40 black-and-white bungalows built in the 1940s to accommodate the British military soldiers stationed at Pasir Panjang Military Complex and their families. After the British military pulled out of Singapore in late 1971, the bungalows were handed over to the Singapore government who rented them out to non-Singaporeans. To provide cultural and recreational facilities for the people in one-north in the present day, Rochester Park has been revitalised into a dining and lifestyle retail hub known as Rochester Mall.
The old black-and-white colonial bungalows in Rochester Park have been