Ocean Financial Centre+ expand detail
1,000,000 square feet / 93,000 square meters
Ocean Financial Centre occupies one of the most prominent sites in downtown Singapore, marking the gateway between Raffles Place, the city’s historic business center, and Marina Bay, the fast-growing area to the east. Consisting of a 43-story tower and an open podium that links to the surrounding city blocks, Ocean Financial Centre is a dynamic new business hub for downtown Singapore.
As part of the skyline along Collyer Quay, one of the city’s historic commercial thoroughfares, the tower’s design celebrates Singapore’s maritime heritage. Rising above the neighboring buildings, the architecture is reminiscent of a ship’s sail, recalling the time when clippers crowded Singapore harbor, making it one of the world’s great commercial centers.
The tower’s elegant curtainwall consists of alternating bands of glass and metal panels, creating a horizontal pattern that enhances the building’s gently curving form. Each metal panel is equipped with a single LED, which at night lines the facades with glowing points of light. At the top of the tower is an 82-foot tall sky garden. An attraction for office workers, the great open space increases the sense of transparency at the tower’s top, lightening it as it reaches into the sky.
At street level, the building connects directly to the Raffles Place MRT Station, one of the city’s busiest, and provides convenient pedestrian access to the surrounding blocks. A monumental canopy, 138 feet high, covers the entire public plaza adjacent to Raffles Place. This “urban umbrella”, placed directly on axis with Robinson Road, will serve as an eye-catching place-marker. The tall steel structure will be clad in stained glass panels, casting a spectacular collage of colored light on the ground.
Ocean Financial Centre includes several environmentally-friendly elements. Energy efficient glass with a high performance coating is used for the exterior cladding. In addition, photovoltaic panels line the walls of the sky garden, taking full advantage of its continuous sun exposure. The energy generated helps to light the building’s common areas.