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SETTING NEW STANDARDS

by Phoebe Liu on Jun 17, 2013 in Architecture , Interiors
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With the launch of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, downtown Singapore just got its newest – and largest – integrated mixed-use development

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) is ground-breaking mixed-use development which provides a new focal point in Singapore’s downtown district.

The largest integrated development of its kind in the area, the nation’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, describes it as “reinforcing Singapore’s position as one of the leading major business and financial centres of Asia”.

As the centrepiece of a masterplan that has been in the works for more than three decades, the development “sets a new standard for environmentally-friendly buildings, providing sky terraces, integrated landscape, and greenery. Having been personally involved at the beginning more than a decade ago, it is my great satisfaction to see it come to fruition,” Lee adds.

Combining office, retail, commercial, and open space in a modern environment at the edge of Marina Bay, the entire development marks the next chapter in Singapore’s ongoing commitment to a dynamic urban environment. Matching the energy of Sydney Harbour, water is the unifying element that connects a performing arts centre, retail, dining, hotels, residential buildings, and commercial facilities.

MBFC is situated on the first development site in the new district. Comprising three office buildings and two residential towers on 4.9 acres, the project employs a crystalline architectural language to blend dissimilar programme elements into an integrated assemblage.

The crystal forms, clad in heavily tinted, low-e glass with a high shading coefficient, are intended to create a strong profile on the Singapore skyline. Their faceted surfaces break up the massing of the individual buildings by reflecting sunlight in different ways. The towers are oriented to maximise views of the marina.

KPF design principal Rob Whitlock, referring to MBFC as “a significant landmark and important moment in Singapore’s history’, says the mix of uses and integration of open space at MBFC are the result of the architecture firm’s efforts to “reimagine the 21st century”.

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