Fuji Xerox Towers
Fuji Xerox Towers known as IBM Towers, is a high-rise skyscraper located in the central business district of Singapore. It is located on 80 Anson Road, in the zone of Tanjong Pagar. In fact, the building sits within four roads, namely Tanjong Pagar Road, Bernam Street, Keppel Road and Anson Road; the building is next to the Ayer Rajah Expressway, close to Lippo Centre, RCL Centre, Realty Centre, Anson House, all of which are 100 metres away. The 38-storey high freehold development rises 165.0 metres above ground. In December 2005, Fuji Xerox Towers was conferred the Energy Smart Label Award from the Energy Sustainability Unit of the National University of Singapore and Singapore's National Environment Agency. Fuji Xerox Towers was developed by City Developments Limited, was completed in 1987. Other firms involved in the development include Mitsubishi Escalator and IBM Singapore. Fuji Xerox Towers was called IBM Towers, as IBM Singapore had been the anchor tenant since the building's opening until 2004.
In mid-August 2004, Fuji Xerox leased 93,000 sq ft of office space, spread over 7 levels. It made Fuji Xerox the main anchor tenant with about a quarter of leasable space, thereby earning it naming rights. While Fuji Xerox moved into the towers, IBM moved in stages to Changi Business Park over recent years. In 1965, Fuji Xerox Singapore was still part of the Rank Xerox organisation, a joint venture between Rank and Xerox Organisation; the Singapore branch was first incorporated as Rank Xerox Pte Ltd and renamed as Rank Xerox Pte Ltd in 1985. In 1991, Rank Xerox Singapore was sold to Fuji Xerox Company Ltd of Japan and was renamed Fuji Xerox Singapore. List of tallest buildings in Singapore
Marina Bay Financial Centre
The Marina Bay Financial Centre is a mixed-use development located along Marina Boulevard and Central Boulevard at Marina Bay, Singapore. It consists of three office towers, two residential towers and retail space at Marina Bay Link Mall, occupying a 3.55 hectare site. The construction of the Marina Bay Financial Centre development comprises two phases, with its first phase completed in 3Q 2010; the entire development was completed in 2012 and the grand opening of Marina Bay Financial Centre was officiated by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 15 May 2013. The first phase consists of the office Towers 1 and 2, Marina Bay Residences with 428 units and 94,500 square feet of the retail mall; the local architect for phase 1 was DCA Architects Pte Ltd. The second phase comprises office Tower 3, 84,500 square feet of the retail mall and Marina Bay Suites with 221 units. Marina Bay Suites attained TOP in June 2013. For this major project, Schindler Singapore supplied a total of 105 units of elevators and 6 units of escalators.
Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore Private Limited located on the 30th floor of the office Tower 3, houses the Honorary Consulate of Iceland. Tower 1 is leased to international banking and financial institutions such as Standard Chartered bank, the anchor tenant occupying 500,000 square feet of office space, Baker & McKenzie, Raffles Quay Asset Management, Societe Generale, Wellington Management Company. Tower 2 is leased to multi-national institutions such as IBM, American Express, BHP Billiton, Bank Pictet, Eastspring Investments, ICAP, The Macquarie Group, Nomura Securities and Servcorp. Tower 3's anchor tenant is DBS Bank. Other tenants comprise a mix of multinational companies from various sectors such as legal firms, real estate development, financial services and specialist food providers, energy trading and technology companies, they include Booking.com, Ashurst LLP, Aryzta AG, Clifford Chance, Endurance Specialty Insurance Ltd, Fitness First, Gunvor, Louis Dreyfus, Lynx Energy Trading, M&A Development Pte Ltd, S&P Global, Mead Johnson, Software AG, Trammo and WongPartnership.
Tower 3 attained TOP in March 2012. Marina Bay Suites, the second luxury residential development won the FIABCI Singapore Property Awards 2014; the Singapore Property Awards is the local chapter of the international FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Awards. Marina Bay Financial Centre clinched the top award in the Office category at the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Awards 2012, which recognises the world's outstanding real estate developments. Marina Bay Residences was runner-up in the Residential category. Marina Bay Financial Centre won the Gold award for the mixed-use category in the MIPIM Asia Awards 2011, which honours outstanding real estate projects in the Asia Pacific region. MBFC won the Participants‟ Choice Award, which honours the project that receives the most delegate votes. Marina Bay Residences and Marina Bay Financial Centre Phase 1 were named winners in the Residential and Office Categories at the inaugural FIABCI Singapore Property Awards held in October 2011. Marina Bay Financial Centre has won accolades for its achievements towards environmental sustainability under the BCA Green Mark awards.
2009 – BCA Green Mark Gold Plus Award for Phase 2 2009 – BCA Green Mark Gold Award for Marina Bay Suites 2008 – BCA Green Mark Gold Award for Phase 1 2007 – BCA Green Mark Gold Award for Marina Bay Residences Marina Bay Link Mall offers about 179,000 sq ft of retail and dining space. Phase 1 was opened to the public on 3 November 2010; the mall is a subterranean mall with shops at the basement, ground level, the office towers and an alfresco dining area at the Ground Plaza located between MBFC Tower 1 and Marina Bay Residences. Downtown MRT station is linked to Basement 2 of Marina Bay Link Mall. 5 mins walk from Marina Bay MRT station on the North South Circle Line. 10 mins away from Raffles Place MRT station on North South Line and East West Line
Hotel Fort Canning
Hotel Fort Canning is a boutique hotel opened in 2010 in Fort Canning Park, self-styled as "fashionable" and located near such touristy nightlife areas as Orchard Road and Clarke Quay. The building was the former British Far East Command Headquarters during World War II; the building was restored and reconstructed as a hotel by architectural firm DP Architects which sought to maintain the old style colonial glamour and the multi-columned façade of the old headquarters. The military building was built in 1926 as the Administration Building of the British Far East Command HQ; the General-Officer-Commanding, Lieutenant General Percival, had an office in this building. The building was occupied by the Japanese Military during the Occupation; the British Military took it back after the war and used it as part of the British Military Administration. The building was taken over by the Singapore Armed Forces when Singapore became independent. In 1970, the building was used by the Singapore Staff College.
In 1976, the SCSC moved out of the building, it remained unoccupied until 1995, when it housed the Fort Canning Country Club. The Legends Fort Canning Park took over the premises in November 2002, in July 2011, it re-opened as Hotel Fort Canning; the hotel has 86 stylised suites. Hotel Fort Canning's upper floor windows have wide views of Fort Canning Park and the Downtown Singapore skyline; the hotel has two outdoor swimming pools filled with water treated by an innovative non-chlorination-based system, with none of the health issues of conventional swimming pools, a gym and Chinois Spa @ The Legends. It has two food & beverages outlet, 6 meeting venues with conference facilities. 2019 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2018 Booking.com - Guest Review Award Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award Historic Hotel of the Year, Travel & Hospitality Awards Best Garden Solemnisation Venue, Her World Brides Venue Awards Luxury City Hotel of the Year - Singapore, Luxury Travel Guide Awards Top 100 Boutique Hotels - Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Award World Luxury Restaurant Awards, Country Winner Best Solemnisation & Outdoor Reception Venue, Her World Brides Venue Awards Best Outdoor Wedding Theme, Her World Brides Venue Awards World Luxury Hotel Awards, Country Winner World Luxury Hotel Awards, Country Winner World Luxury Hotel Awards, Country Winner 2016 Excellent Service Awards Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Award TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award World Luxury Hotel Awards World Luxury Restaurant Award 2015 World Luxury Hotel Award Winner Her World Brides Venue Awards Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence BCA Green Mark Gold Plus Award Winner2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards Top 3 Finalist Her World Brides Venue Awards AsiaRooms.com Hotel Awards – Top 10 Most Cultural Hotel EXSA Service Excellence Awards – 5 Silver Awardees Booking.com Guest Review Award Winner2013 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award2012 Top 20 Trendiest Hotels in Singapore TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award2011 Winner of the “URA Architectural Heritage Award”.
Destinasian Luxe List of 2011 Top Signature Boutique Hotel / Resort, Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award Hotel Fort Canning web site
Chevron House called Caltex House, is a high-rise skyscraper located in the central business district of Singapore. It is located in the financial district of Raffles Place; the building is near several buildings and landmarks, such as Singapore Land Tower, Hitachi Tower, Change Alley and The Arcade, all of which are less than 100 metres away. The development has direct underground access to Raffles Place MRT Station. Hitachi Tower, a nearby neighbour of Chevron House, shares a four-level retail podium with the building. Chevron House has a total of 33 floors, excluding 3 basement levels, it rises 152.0 metres above ground. The international headquarters of Caltex is situated in the building. Chevron House was designed by Inc.. Architects and Architects 61, was completed in 1993, just one year after its next-door neighbour, Hitachi Tower; the other firms involved in the development are CapitaLand Commercial Limited, Savu Investments Private Limited, CapitaLand, Obayashi Gumi Corporation, Sendai Eversendai Engineering Group, Steen Consultants Private Limited, PCR Engineers Private Limited, Chevalier Group, PCR Engineers Private Limited, Rider Hunt Levett & Bailey, Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation.
In September 2007, a Goldman Sachs-linked fund bought Chevron House, at a price of S$730 million. This equates to $2,780 per square foot of net lettable area; this is Goldman Sachs' second major acquisition of an office property in Singapore. It will allow CapitaLand to have a profit of about $150.8 million from the sale of its stake. Before the sale, Chevron House was owned by several companies. CapitaLand, IP Property Fund Asia and NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative had a stake of 50 per cent, 25 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. A few months its neighbour Hitachi Tower was bought by Goldman Sachs. Chevron House models the late-modernist architectural style, is similar to that of Springleaf Tower and Hitachi Tower, it is built out of aluminium and steel. A distinctive glass rotunda and four-storey high portico is located at the entrance of the building; the rotunda motif is expressed on the roof, capped by radial sunshading louvres. This strong feature that distincts the building from other skyscrapers in Raffles Place.
Major tenants of Chevron House includes Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness occupies 17,000 square feet of space in the building, it is used as a gym, has a mezzanine interior with large windows. List of tallest buildings in Singapore
Swissôtel The Stamford
Swissôtel The Stamford known as the Westin Stamford, is a hotel in Singapore managed by Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. Designed by architect I. M. Pei, at a height of 226 metres it is one of Southeast Asia's tallest hotels, it is part of the Raffles City complex comprising two hotels, the Raffles City convention centre, Raffles City shopping centre, an office tower. Situated at 2 Stamford Road, the hotel sits above City Hall MRT Station; the 5-star hotel has 1,261 rooms and suites, 16 restaurants and bars, Raffles City Convention Centre, one of Asia's largest spas. The hotel was designed by architect I. M. Pei as the Westin Stamford Singapore, along with its adjacent smaller sister hotel, the Westin Plaza; when completed by the South Korean firm SsangYong Group in 1986, the Westin Stamford was the world's tallest hotel building, rising to a height of 226 metres, held that title until 1997 when the Baiyoke Tower II was completed in Bangkok, Thailand. It is alleged that the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea was intended as a Cold War response to the construction of this hotel.
On 1 January 2002 the two Westins were sold to Swissôtel/Raffles Hotels and both hotels were renamed, The Westin Stamford becoming Swissôtel The Stamford and The Westin Plaza becoming Raffles The Plaza. When Raffles Hotels was acquired by Fairmont in 2006, the smaller hotel was again renamed, becoming the Fairmont Singapore. Swissôtel The Stamford has 15 food and beverage outlets including Equinox Complex, recreational facilities, a 70,000 square feet convention center; the hotel is a vertical-sided skyscraper with balconies. Since 2013, three people have fallen to their deaths from the hotel balconies. Time Out Singapore 2010 Best of Awards: New Asia. World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence 2009 – Rising Chef of the Year: André Chiang of Jaan par André. Singapore Tatler Best Restaurant Guide 2009 – Hall of Fame: Jaan par André. Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 – one star: Jaan par André. List of tallest buildings in Singapore Swissôtel The Stamford official website
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore, owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. At its opening in 2010, it was billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including the land cost; the resort, designed by Moshe Safdie, includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-metre convention-exhibition centre, the 74,000-square-metre The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science exhibits, the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340-metre-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150 m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 m; the 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie architects. Marina Bay Sands was set to open in 2009, but its construction faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the outset.
The global financial crisis pressured the owners, Las Vegas Sands, to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort. Its owner decided to open the integrated resort in stages, it was approved by the Singapore authorities; the resort and SkyPark were opened on 23 and 24 June 2010 as part of a two-day celebration, following the casino's opening on 27 April that year. The SkyPark opened the following day; the theatres were completed in time for the first performance of Riverdance on 30 November. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December; the ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light and water show called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the integrated resort. The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011, it marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were opened to the public when the two tenants, Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club, opened on 18 and 22 September 2011, respectively.
Marina Bay Sands is set to have a fourth tower constructed in the near future. Marina Bay Sands is one of two winning proposals for Singapore's first integrated resorts, the other being the Resorts World Sentosa, which incorporates a family-friendly Universal Studios Theme Park; the two large-scale resorts were conceived to meet Singapore's economic and tourism objectives for the next decade and will have 30-year casino licenses, exclusive for the first ten years. Bidders were assessed based on four criteria: tourism appeal and contribution, architectural concept and design, development investment, strength of the consortium and partners On 27 May 2006, Las Vegas Sands was declared the winner with its business-oriented resort. LVS submitted its winning bid on its own, its original partner City Developments Limited, with a proposed 15% equity stake, pulled out of the partnership in the second phase of the tender process. CDL's CEO, Kwek Leng Beng said his company's pullout was a combination of factors—such as difficulties in getting numerous companies he owns to comply in time, as well as reluctance of some parties to disclose certain private information in probity checks required by the Singapore government.
However, Kwek was retained as an advisor for Sands' bid. Las Vegas Sands committed to invest S$3.85 billion in the project, not including the fixed S$1.2 billion cost of the 6,000,000 square feet site itself. With the escalating costs of materials, such as sand and steel, labour shortages owing to other major infrastructure and property development in the country, Sheldon Adelson placed the total cost of the development at S$8.0 billion as of July 2009. Las Vegas Sands declared the undertaking as "one of the world's most challenging construction projects and the most expensive stand-alone integrated resort property built", it expects the casino to generate at least $1 billion in annual profit. Two months after the initial phased opening, the casino attracts around 25,000 visitors daily, about a third being Singaporeans and permanent residents who pay a $100 daily entry levy or $2,000 for annual unlimited access. Half a million gamblers passed through the casino in June 2010. In the third quarter of 2012, the revenues of the Marina Bay Sands fell 28 per cent from a year earlier.
For the economy, Marina Bay Sands is projected to stimulate an addition of $2.7 billion or 0.8% to Singapore's Gross Domestic Product by 2015, employing 10,000 people directly and 20,000 jobs being created in other industries. On 3 April 2019, Sands announced a $3.3 billion expansion of its Marina Bay Sands property in Singapore. The expansion will include the construction of a fourth hotel tower containing 1,000 luxury suites and a 15,000-seat arena; the resort is designed by Moshe Safdie, who says it was inspired by card decks. The prominent feature of the design is the three hotel towers, which has 2,500 rooms and suites, a continuous lobby at the base linked the three towers; the casino has a four-storey central atrium with four levels of gaming and entertainment in one space. In addition to the hotel and the casino, other buildings include a 19,000 m2 ArtScience Museum, a convention centre with 110,000 m2 of space, capable of accommodating up to 45,000 people; the resort's architecture and major design changes along the way were approved by its feng shui consultants, the late Chong Swan Lek and Louisa Ong-Lee.
Aedas were responsible for employing all consultants and for developing, co-or
Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style luxury hotel in Singapore. It was established by Armenian hoteliers, the Sarkies Brothers, in 1887; the hotel was named after the founder of Singapore. It is the flagship property of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, is managed by AccorHotels after Accor acquired FRHI Hotels & Resorts; the hotel is owned by government-owned Katara Hospitality. The hotel commenced Phase 3 of a three-phase restoration programme on 13 December 2017, with reopening planned for August 2019. Raffles Hotel Singapore started as a owned beach house built in the early 1830s, it first became Emerson's Hotel when Dr. Charles Emerson leased the building in 1878. Upon his death in 1883, the hotel closed, the Raffles Institution stepped in to use the building as a boarding house until Dr. Emerson's lease expired in September 1887. After the first lease expired, the Sarkies Brothers leased the property from Syed Mohamed Alsagoff, its owner, with the intention of turning it into a high-end hotel. A few months on December 1, 1887, the ten-room Raffles Hotel opened.
Its proximity to the beach and its reputation for high standards in services and accommodations made the hotel popular with wealthy clientele. Within the hotel's first decade, three new buildings were added on to the original beach house. First, a pair of two-story wings were completed in 1890, each containing 22 guest suites. Soon afterward, the Sarkies Brothers leased a neighboring building at No. 3 Beach Road, renovated it, in 1894, the Palm Court Wing was completed. The new additions brought the hotel's total guest rooms to 75. A few years a new main building was constructed on the site of the original beach house. Designed by architect Regent Alfred John Bidwell of Swan and Maclaren, it was completed in 1899; the new main building offered numerous state-of-the-art features, including powered ceiling fans and electric lights. In fact, the Raffles Hotel was the first hotel in the region to have electric lights; the hotel continued to expand over the years with the addition of wings, a veranda, a ballroom, a bar, a billiards room, as well as other buildings and rooms.
The Great Depression spelled trouble for Raffles Hotel and, in 1931, the Sarkies Brothers declared bankruptcy. In 1933, the financial troubles were resolved, a public company called Raffles Hotel Ltd. was established. Upon the start of the Japanese occupation of Singapore on February 15, 1942, it is said that the Japanese soldiers encountered the guests in Raffles Hotel dancing one final waltz. Meanwhile, staff buried the hotel silver—including the silver beef trolley—in the Palm Court. During World War II, Raffles Hotel was renamed Syonan Ryokan, incorporating Syonan, the Japanese name for occupied Singapore, ryokan, the name for a traditional Japanese inn. In 1987, a century after it first opened, Austrian writer and researcher Andreas Augustin discovered the long lost original drawings of Raffles Hotel, hidden in a Singaporean archive; that year these drawings were published for the first time in the book The Raffles Treasury. The Raffles Hotel was declared a National Monument by the Singapore government in 1987.
In 1989, the hotel closed to undergo an extensive renovation that lasted two years and cost $160 million. The hotel reopened on September 16, 1991. While the hotel was restored to the grand style of its 1915 heyday, significant changes were made. All guest rooms were converted to suites. In addition, Long Bar, a favorite spot of celebrities such as Somerset Maugham, was relocated from the lobby to a new adjoining shopping arcade. Long Bar is where the national cocktail, the Singapore Sling was invented by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. On July 18, 2005, it was announced that Colony Capital LLC would purchase Raffles Holdings for $1.45 billion. In April 2010, it was reported that a Qatari sovereign wealth fund bought Raffles Hotel for $275 million. In addition to taking over the Raffles Hotel, the Qatar Investment Authority would inject $467 million into Fairmont Raffles Hotels International in exchange for a 40% stake in the luxury hotel chain. At one time, the Raffles Hotel maintained a hotel museum.
It displayed memorabilia such as photographs and china items and menus, as well as old and rare editions of the works of the famous writers who stayed there. The museum displayed photographs of its famous guests and visitors; the Raffles Hotel Museum closed in 2012. In December 2015, the Fairmont/Raffles brands were purchased by the French multinational hotel group AccorHotels. Raffles Hotel has a shopping arcade with 40 specialty boutiques; the arcade houses most of the hotel's restaurants. Raffles is its film adaptation titled Raffles Hotel; the film was shot on location. The hotel was featured as a Japanese stronghold in Medal of Honor: Rising Sun. Raffles Hotel was the subject of Paul O'Grady's Orient for Carlton Television. Raffles Hotel featured in episodes of the BBC/ABC co-production Tenko, with the majority of series 3 taking place in the hotel; the hotel featured in episodes of Bring'Em Back Alive. The hotel featured in the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians; the hotel is mentioned in the book The Ugly American.
Stamford House leased as an annex for Raffles Hotel. Eastern & Oriental Hotel and Strand Hotel, other prominent hotels established by the Sarkies Brothers. Andreas Augustin, The Raffles Treasury, Secrets of a Grand Old Lady. Treasury Publishing. ASIN B000PCGBHO Andreas Augustin, The Most Famous Hotels in the World. London/Singapore/Vienna, Chefs of Raffles Hotel, The Raffles Hotel Cookbook. Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 978-981-4068-58-1 Fables From the Raf