M+S redefines work-live-play

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August 27, 2017 8:30 AM SGT
The $4 billion DUO and $7 billion Marina One are giant mixed-use schemes that will inject new life into their neighbourhoods
The view of Bugis towards the CBD and Marina Bay from DUO
With LED lights outlining the hexagonal pattern on its façade, integrated development DUO, designed by German architect Ole Scheeren, stands out amid other architectural landmarks in the Ophir-Beach Road area. On one side of DUO is the 24-storey Parkview Square office tower, which has an ornate Art Deco style. It was completed in 2002 and designed by American architect James Adams for the late Taiwanese tycoon C S Hwang of Chyau Fwu Group. On the other side is the edgier 37-storey office towers of United Industrial Corp’s The Gateway, designed by world-renowned architect and centenarian, I M Pei, and completed in 1990.
Farther down Beach Road, there is the 41-storey office tower, The Concourse, designed by Paul Rudolph and completed in 1994, and the adjacent Concourse Skyline designed by The Cox Group of Australia (designer of the Helix Bridge) for Hong Fok Corp. Meanwhile, South Beach is a mixed-use development designed by British architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners for joint-venture (JV) partners City Developments Ltd and IOI Group, and completed in 2015.
“The whole area has been refreshed, with the completion of South Beach and, now, DUO,” says Ong Choon Fah, CEO of Edmund Tie & Co (ET&Co). This has led to a rejuvenation in the neighbourhood, with more cafés, pubs and restaurants opening in the Liang Seah Street and Beach Road area to cater for the increase in office workers. The Kampong Glam conservation area has also changed, with new F&B and retail concepts, especially on Arab Street and Haji Lane. “There’s a greater number of expatriates and tourists seeking a more authentic cultural experience,” says Ong.
The latest landmark in the transformation of the Beach Road-Bugis area is DUO, which is scheduled to be fully completed and operational by October, says Kemmy Tan, CEO of M+S. The latter is a 60:40 JV between Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. M+S is also...