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Marina Bay Financial Centre

Marina Bay Financial Center

Design Architect : Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC

Owner/Developer : JV’s (Cheung Kong Holdings, Hong Kong Land and Keppel Land International)

Floors/Height : Commercial Tower 1 – 33F, Commercial Tower 2 – 51F, Commercial Tower 3 – 47F, Residential Tower 1 – 55F, Residential Tower 2 – 66F

Building Use : Mixed Use Development

Status : Built

Location : Singapore

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The 3.55 hectare development is situated on the first development site in the new district. Comprising three office buildings, two residential towers and a retail mall, the project employs a crystalline architectural language to blend dissimilar program elements into an integrated assemblage. The crystal forms, clad in heavily-tinted, low e-glass with a high standing coefficient, are intended to create a strong profile on the Singapore skyline.

Three of the five towers rise above a low podium assemblage. Connected to this is a city park, situated between the towers and linked by covered walkways. Found underneath the park is a subterranean retail mall, which is connected to Singapore’s multimodal transportation network.

One of the office towers culminates in an open-air rooftop featuring a 5,000 square foot restaurant situated within a bamboo garden, while the other offers views past the lower building. A public plaza around the three buildings provide porosity through the site and a focal point for the retail component. Both of the commercial towers have projecting horizontal louvers to shade occupants from Singapore’s tropical sun.These shading devices are carried over to the residential buildings in the form of horizontal fins and continuous balconies.

ALT proposed a unitized curtain wall system for the design of both the commercial and residential towers, while the podium utilized a combination of semi-unitized and stick-type systems. Compared to the more defined and complex residential tower that is made up of a combination of concrete, granite with steel fins, majority of the façade wall of the commercial tower uses glazing and aluminum.

ALT finds the “crystal wall” as one of the distinct features of the commercial tower. It is created through the existence of a “jacket”, or a protrusion in the glass wall. This “jacket wall” is a combination of glass and aluminum cladding, located at the vision and spandrel areas respectively. These definitions are enhanced through the addition of aluminum horizontal fins on the jacket walls. The residential tower’s design, on the other hand, somehow reflects similarities with its adjacent towers through its dominant usage of glass materials. Perforated, and aluminum panels make up the towers, giving it a different look, and sets it apart from the common residential buildings in the area. The residential tower hosts a podium made up of stone cladding, steel grills and fins, aluminum clad canopies and the like to complement the adjacent structures.

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