One Raffles Place Tower 2 / Tange Associates

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Architects: Tange Associates
Project Architects: SAA Architects
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Photographs: Marc Tey

Project Area: 43,889 sqm
Site Area: 2,108.83 sqm

Tange Associates was pleased to join OUB Centre Ltd. yesterday to celebrate the grand opening of its One Raffles Place Tower 2, the 38-storey premium office tower located in the Central Business District (CBD) of Singapore.

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Near the Singapore River, the site is of great historical importance and is now a popular tourist destination lined with restaurants and retail shops. The Tange Associates designed Tower 2 takes its place next to the iconic Tower 1, designed by Kenzo Tange and formerly known as OUB Centre. Tower 1 was built in 1986 and was the tallest building outside of the United States at the time. It is still one of the tallest buildings in Singapore.

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Designed to stand alongside Tower 1, the new Tower 2 is a contemporary building that respects the design elements of Tower 1. Tower 1 is sleek but powerful with its solid aluminum façade. Tower 2’s elegant glass curtain wall maintains the sleek image of Tower 1 and also expresses its own character as a new addition to the landmark complex.  The triangular motif of Tower 1 is incorporated into the design of Tower 2 from ground level to rooftop.  Never-seen before sculptural illumination adds beauty to the night view of the CBD area.

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Tower 2′s lobby features the architect/artist collaborative installation of a waterfall. The work consists of porcelain panels of a waterfall painted by Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju with real water flowing over the artwork. It is located in the center of the main entrance and creates a refreshing, peaceful atmosphere in contrast to the outside heat and bustle of the CBD.

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Not simply aesthetically striking, One Raffles Place Tower 2 is credited with its functional aspect, already receiving two awards, the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Award and the SSSS Structural Steel Excellence Award. Tower 2 was also nominated for the International High-rise Award, which is bestowed on a building that stands out for its special aesthetics, pioneering design, integration into its urban context, sustainability, innovative technology and cost effectiveness.

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As a new landmark, One Raffles Place Tower 2 punctuates the already majestic Singapore city skyline with fresh vitality.

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Cite: "One Raffles Place Tower 2 / Tange Associates" 26 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=275514>