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Suntec City in 2007

Suntec City is a major mixed-use development located in Marina Centre, a subzone of the Downtown Core in Singapore, which combines a shopping mall, office buildings, and a convention centre. Construction began on 18 January 1992 (with earthworks) followed by full completion and opening on 22 July 1997.

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DesignEdit

Suntec City was designed by Tsao & McKown Architects with emphasis on Chinese feng shui. The five buildings and the convention center are arranged so that they look like a left hand when viewed aerially. The Fountain of Wealth appears like a golden ring in the palm of the hand. As the fountain is made of bronze, it is believed that the balance of metal and water paves the way for success. Further, the specially selected Chinese name, 新达, means "new achievement".[1]

AreasEdit

Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition CentreEdit

 
Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with the towers in the background

The Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Chinese: 新達城新加坡國際會議展覽中心) was officially opened on 1 November 1994, and was previously known as the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC). Its current name was adopted in 2004 as part of a rebranding exercise. The convention centre has a total of 100,000 square metres of space, over multiple levels.

During the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, the convention centre hosted the boxing, fencing, handball, judo, taekwondo, and wrestling competitions.[2]

Suntec City MallEdit

Suntec City Mall (Chinese: 新达城广场) is a shopping centre located within Suntec City. Opened in 1994 together with initial phases of the Suntec City development, it was the largest shopping centre in Singapore with 888,000 square feet (82,500 m2) of retail space until the opening of VivoCity in 2006. It also offers a club house called the Suntec City Guild House located on the fifth storey.[citation needed]

The large size of the mall boasts some 360 outlets spread over 4 floors in an L-shaped configuration. To help shoppers to navigate around the mall, it was divided into four zones, namely:

  • The West Wing, located on the lower floors of the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, offering high-end international labels targeted specifically at convention delegates and tourists. It reopened in June 2013.
  • The North Wing includes high end tenants, and alfresco dining outlets.
  • The Fountain Terrace is located around the Fountain of Wealth, and specialises in food and beverage outlets.
  • The East Wing at the north-eastern end of the mall is dedicated to entertainment, technology and lifestyle related tenants.

Suntec City hosted the countdown in 2016/17 from Channel 5 artistes.

Office towersEdit

 
The five office towers of Suntec City

The office towers comprise five buildings named Towers One through Five with four containing 45 stories and one 18 stories. The latter has 28,000 square feet of net lettable floor area on each floor while the 45-storey towers consist of floor plates ranging from 10,000 to 14,000 square feet. In total, there are about 2.3 million square feet of office space. Tower One to Four is 45-storey representing the 4 fingers and Tower 5 is 18-storey representing the thumb.[citation needed]

Suntec City Office Towers houses a number of foreign diplomatic/non-diplomatic missions that are resident in Singapore. Embassy of Spain on the 39th floor of Tower 1, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office on the 34th floor of Tower 2, Embassy of Rwanda on the 14th floor of Tower 3, Embassy of Chile on the 24th floor of Tower 3, Embassy of Qatar on the 41st floor of Tower 3, and the Taiwan Trade Center on the 9th floor of Tower 4.[citation needed]

PopularityEdit

  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) mentioned Suntec City as one of the largest commercial developments in Singapore.
  • Suntec City was awarded two FIABCI Prix d' Excellence awards for excellence in all aspects of real estate development (Overall winner and Commercial / Retail winner) in 1999.[3] Suntec has claimed other prizes,[4] including the 1998 Tourism Award from the Singapore Tourism Board.
  • Suntec City has been featured three times on The Amazing Race reality television show. Once on the US version Season 3 and twice on the Asian version in both Season 1 and Season 2.[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Archived 14 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [2] Archived 4 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Welcome To - The International Real Estate Federation". Fiabci.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  4. ^ [3] Archived 13 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [4] Archived 7 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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