Tanjong Pagar Centre (Guoco Tower) introduction

Tanjong Pagar Centre is a skyscraper in Singapore, it is the tallest building in Singapore since 2016. Below is the facts and introduction of the building.

Name: Tanjong Pagar Centre (In Chinese: 丹戎巴葛)
The words Tanjong Pagar refers to the district where the tower located.
The tower is also informally called Guoco Tower, as it was developed by Guoco Group.
This skyscraper is not built around the cluster of skyscrapers in Raffles Place, but located in Tanjong Pagar, a district also resides in downtown core, but the distance between this building and the skyscraper cluster in Raffles Place is approximately 0.8 km.
Tanjong Pagar Centre sits right above the Tanjong Pagar MRT(Mass Rapid Transit) station.

Height: 290 meters or 950 feet, 64 floors above ground (Main tower)
Tanjong Pagar Centre is the first building in Singapore that surpass 280m, which is a record held by three skyscrapers in Raffles Place district for 30 years, this record was held by three buildings in the same time, it is because of a height restriction rule of the city, which forbids buildings built in Raffles Place and Marina Center to exceed 280m in height, these two districts are located right beneath a flight path to Paya Lebar Airbase, any building built within them that surpasses the height limit is considered a security threat to the flight paths above the district.
Tanjong Pagar Center is situated outside of these districts hence not affected by the height restriction law.

There's a 20-storey building sits right next to it on west side as a part of the complex, the building serves as hotels.

Uses: offices, residential and hotel
The first 6 floors of the building that known as podium are occupied by retail stores, restaurants, parking.
The next 30 floors right above the podium are served as office spaces.
Residential portion sits atop the office floors and starts from 39th floor which is 180 meters (590 feet) above the ground and ends at 64th floor, featuring 181 residences. Since the residences starts from the height of 180 meters, the residential block was given the name TP 180.

A shorter building that sits right next to it is also a part of the complex, it is being used as a hotel, the hotel has 222 rooms and it's managed by AccorHotels, the hotel is named Sofitel Singapore City Centre, it was opened in 2016.


Design: Tanjong Pagar Center was designed by Chicago based architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill(SOM) in cooperation with the Singapore local architectural firm Architects 61, which has designed many other skyscrapers in Singapore. SOM is well known for designed many supertall skyscrapers around the world, including Burj Khalifa, One World Trade Center.

It is the second skyscraper building designed by SOM in Singapore, the first skyscraper in Singapore designed by the firm is an office building named One George Street, a 153-meter building built in 2004.
The total floor area of Tanjong Pagar Center is 158,000 square meters (1,700,000 square feet), of which 890,000 square feet is office space.
An underground pedestrian network is designed to connect the building to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station.
The developer GuocoLand proposed a tower in Tanjong Pagar in 2010, GuocoLand wish the development of the tower could rejuvenate this historic district into a business and a lifestyle hub.

In 2013, Samsung C&T Corporation was chosen as the main contractor to build the building. The corporation had also constructed the renowned Burj Khalifa.
construction started in the same year.
The tower topped out in January 2016, by mid 2016 the tower was finally completed
The whole complex which includes two buildings (a skyscraper and a mid-rise building) and a 100,000 square feet urban park cost 3.2 billion Singapore dollars, approximately 2.4 billion US dollars.

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