Singapore

One Raffles Place

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November 10, 2020
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November 6, 2020

At a Glance

  • CountrySingapore
  • ClientOUB Centre Ltd.
  • ServicesCivil & Structural, Geo-Technical, MEP
  • SectorsOffice Buildings

It was a very exciting time for Meinhardt’s engineers. We were tasked to engineer the tallest building in Singapore and indeed in Asia when the country’s Central Business District (CBD) was just beginning to take shape We were the pioneers that contributed to setting the benchmark for the skyline of today’s CBD.

The Iconic architectural design

of the Tower by world-renowned architect, Kenzo Tange from Japan necessitated an asymmetric design to maximise efficiency of the smaller floor plates.

“While the task was daunting, it spurred us to devise the best engineering solution from around the world. In the process of solving our most pressing engineering challenges, we blazed the trail and set the precedence and standard for tall buildings in Singapore.”

Additionally, we pioneered the deepest foundation going down to a depth of up to 110m using caissons (5-7m in diameter) to support this slender giant. In addition to the deep foundations, there was a need to make provisions for a future adjacent and connected MRT station – which eventually became the deepest MRT station in Singapore.

Meinhardt worked with the architects to pioneer the concept of column-free floor plates for this building, which later became the norm for tall office buildings in Singapore today.

 

FOR A VERY TALL BUILDING

we had to ensure that the lifts were able to travel fast to minimise waiting intervals for passengers. High speed elevators were specially brought in from Japan and used for the very first time in Singapore for this building.

Dr S. Nasim
Meinhardt Group Chairman

 

THE CHALLENGE

to engineer the tallest building in Singapore was exacerbated by several factors - the Feng Shui indicated tower position in the middle of a densely built up area, the requirement to build four levels of basements (the deepest in those days) and to build at a height that had never been built in Singapore and most parts of the world then.

A COMPOSITE STEEL STRUCTURE RISING
280 METER UP INTO THE SKY

boasting high speed elevators, column free floor plates and integrated building services was transcendental back in 1981. The One Raffles Place Tower (then known as the OUB Centre) was breaking new grounds, making it the tallest building in the world outside North America.

FIRST COMPOSITE STEEL BUILDING IN SINGAPORE


TALLEST BUILDING OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA (1981)


HAD THE DEEPEST FOUNDATION IN THE WORLD

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