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"Commercial sense, architectural innovation and environmental values combine in Asia Square to create a distinctive building with impressive space and cost efficiencies."

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A successful commercial development must be architecturally attractive, both from close by and from a distance. It must be designed to be comfortable, functional and cost-efficient for its tenants, while embracing wider environmental and social concerns.

Architect Denton Corker Marshall had these parameters in mind when designing Asia Square, a development comprising two towers providing over 190,000m² of Grade A office space, more than 5600m² of retail space on Levels 1 and 2, and a 280-room, five-star hotel with conferencing and leisure facilities on Levels 32 to 46 of Tower 2.

Asia Square is located in Marina Bay, a seamless extension of the existing Central Business District at Raffles Place. Marina Bay is one of Singapore's most exciting and ambitious urban projects, and Asia Square will support its continuing growth as a major business and financial hub in Asia. A district in the heart of Marina Bay – about twice the land area of London's Canary Wharf – is planned for prime office, residential and mixed-use developments that will usher in a new concept of a live-work-play garden city. Infrastructure provisions will offer modern conveniences and reliable access to utilities. This includes a comprehensive underground common services tunnel to house telecommunication and utilities networks with emergency backup services. It also has a district cooling system, ensuring all tenants have constant and reliable air conditioning.

Marina Bay is planned with greenery all around – from the sprawling 101ha Gardens by the Bay, to the waterfront promenade and the tree-lined pedestrian boulevards. Attractive, lushly landscaped public open spaces are dotted throughout Marina Bay, and tenants at Asia Square will be right next to the Central Linear Park.

Tenants will enjoy great accessibility at Asia Square as it is located close to the existing Raffles Place and Marina Bay MRT stations, and also has a direct underground pedestrian link to the upcoming Landmark MRT station.

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The primary design challenges for the architect were to integrate two separate land parcels, accommodate large, regular floor plates of approximately 3000m² over 43 levels in Tower 1 and 46 levels in Tower 2, and provide a crown signature to articulate the towers. The finished form resulting from such a design requirement is relatively bulky and needs an architectural treatment to give its appearance a competitive edge among its peers. Denton Corker Marshall's design solution was to create a cluster of 16 tall, slim towers of differing heights that terminate in an interesting combination as they emerge from a large podium base.

The completed design for Asia Square creates an illusion of a slim and elegant cluster of towers but, in reality, each tower will be one large squarish building with a highly efficient, column-free floor plate of up to 3250m² of net usable office space.

The podium structure, the City Room, with its semi-transparent glass walls and ceiling punctuated with roof lights, is an impressive 9000m² all-weather covered space that blends shopping, alfresco dining and public entertainment with shade, shelter and natural landscaping.

In addition to providing optimised space in terms of area, configuration and critical dimensions, the project also offers market leadership in building services, amenities and environmental initiatives.

Asia Square is the first commercial development in Singapore to achieve a Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), as well as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Core & Shell (LEED-CS) Gold pre-certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Green features include Singapore's largest photovoltaic cell system, installed on the roof of both towers, and the country's first downtown biodiesel generation plant for recycling waste cooking oil into biodiesel.

With its highly environmentally sustainable design, Asia Square is expected to consume approximately 33% less energy and 40% less water compared to standard commercial buildings. As such, Asia Square is one of Asia's greenest commercial developments and offers businesses a viable model for long-term sustainability.

For more information on this development, contact Jeremy Choy. Tel: (+65) 6501 2400. Fax: (+65) 6227 3710. Email: jeremy.choy@mgpa.com. Website:www.asia-square.com .

First published date: 21 September 2009

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Property name Asia Square
Property type Office, Retail and Hotel
Transaction Rent
Location Marina Bay, Singapore
Address 8 Marina View, Singapore
Typical unit size Tower 1 – 3000-3200m² ; Tower 2 – 2500-2900m²
Total lettable area 190,000m²
Year completed Estimated 2011
Number of storeys Tower 1 – 43 storeys; Tower 2 – 46 storeys
Clear height 2900mm to 3050mm
Lift Tower 1 – 32 Passenger, 2 Carpark; Tower 2 – 24 Passenger, 2 Carpark, 6 Hotel
Parking spaces Estimated 580 lots
Legal ownership Single ownership
Developer MGPA
Design architect and interiors Denton Corker Marshall
Delivery architect Architects 61
Main contractor Tower 1 – Hyundai Engineering and Construction
M&E, structural engineering AECOM Singapore
Quantity surveyor Northcroft Lim Consultants
Landscaping Earthscape Concepts
Facade ALT Limited
Lighting Brandston Partnership
Acoustics Acviron Acoustics Consultants
Traffic Duffill Watts
Fire Integrated Building Consultants
Environmental sustainability Building System and Diagnostics