Fifteen years ago, Tanjong Pagar was mainly an office district, quiet at night and over weekends. Since then, the emergence of new developments and intensified mixed uses in the district have shaped its distinct skyline and character. The increased residential population has also generated round-the-clock activities throughout the area. On this exclusive developer-led tour, spend the morning exploring two ULI Global Awards for Excellence winning projects in the Tanjong Pagar precinct.
Guoco Tower is the tallest tower in Singapore. It is a mixed-use tower that incorporates office space with retail, hospitality, residential, and park space. The tower serves as a connector between the historic Chinatown and the central business district (CBD), with its taller towers closer to the CBD and the shorter hotel tower nearest the historic district. The building sits on top of a transit station with an underground pedestrian network that also hosts retail space. One distinctive aspect is a public outdoor retail and art space located under a giant canopy that can be turned into a massive yoga studio, concert venue, or any number of event spaces. In addition, eight levels have elevated gardens, planted with native species and conserved trees.
Soaring above the skyline of the neighbourhood, The Pinnacle@Duxton is a testament to Singapore’s innovative approach to urban planning and public housing. Located at the site where the first two Housing & Development Board (HDB) blocks in that area were built, its design revitalises the area and commemorates its historical significance. Completed in 2009, The Pinnacle@Duxton, the first 50-storey public housing project in Singapore, stands out as an example of how HDB confronts the challenges of meeting housing needs in an urban setting. Unique design features include a variety of facade elements, as well as skybridges and sky gardens at the 26th and 50th storeys which link all seven blocks.
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