AWARDS: Tanjong Pagar Centre sweeps six awards

At the EdgeProp Singapore Excellence Awards this year, the project that tipped the scales and won the most awards was Tanjong Pagar Centre. The $3.2 billion integrated project was developed by Singapore-listed GuocoLand, controlled by one of Malaysia’s richest tycoons, Quek Leng Chan.
Tanjong Pagar Centre won an award for Integrated Development Excellence while the 223-room Sofitel Singapore City Centre garnered the Hotel Development Excellence award. Meanwhile, the project’s residential component, Wallich Residence, scooped four awards for Design Excellence, Landscape Excellence, Innovation Excellence and Top Development for a completed project in the Central Region.
Tanjong Pagar Centre comprises a 64-storey skyscraper containing Wallich Residence and Guoco Tower, and the 20-storey Sofitel City Centre
The panel of judges was impressed by the “vertical city” concept that combined premium office space with a hotel, retail component, urban park and luxury residences to create a 1.7 million sq ft landmark. The design architect for Tanjong Pagar Centre was international architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), which also designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, considered the world’s tallest building.
Tanjong Pagar Centre is SOM’s most ambitious project in Singapore so far. “I was impressed by SOM’s design — the way they incorporated the urban park for community events and yet retained the exclusivity of the residences,” says Quek Tse Kwang, co-founder and director of Singapore-based RT+Q architectural studio, who was one of the judges.
Designed with sustainability in mind, Tanjong Pagar Centre won the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark (Platinum) and prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) CS Platinum awards. In addition, Wallich Residence was awarded the BCA Green Mark GoldPlus certification.
Tallest tower in Singapore
Completed last year, Tanjong Pagar Centre, at 290m, is Singapore’s tallest building. The office component, Guoco Tower, occupies the first 38 floors and the 181-unit Wallich Residence, a luxury residential component, the 39th to 64th floors.
Guoco Tower has 890,000 sq ft of Grade-A office space and is close to 100% leased. Tenants include tech, media and financial institutions such as Amadeus, Dentsu Aegis Network and DNB Asia. Serviced office operator Regus is also a tenant and offers both serviced and co-working office space in its premises.
About 10,000 people pass through Guoco...