Suntec City

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

Suntec City is a major multi-use development located in Marina Centre, a subzone of the Downtown Core in Singapore. Construction had began on 18 January 1992 (with earthworks) followed by full completion and opening in 22 July 1997.

Design[edit]

Suntec City was designed by Tsao & McKown Architects with emphasis on Chinese geomancy (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][2]

Popularity[edit]

  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) mentioned Suntec City as one of the largest commercial developments in Singapore.[3]
  • 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.[4] Suntec has claimed other prizes,[5] 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.[6]
  • At the centre of Suntec City lies the Fountain of Wealth, which Suntec claims to be the largest fountain in the world;[7] this claim has however been contested, with Fountain Hills in Arizona also claiming the title. The Guinness World Records has recently withdrawn the "Largest Fountain" category from its website.

Suntec City office towers[edit]

Suntec City office towers comprise five buildings across Towers One to Five with four 45-storey and one 18-storey tower making up the five office towers at Suntec City. 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.

Suntec City Mall[edit]

Suntec City Mall
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Suntec City Mall with Fountain of Wealth in the foreground
Location Temasek Boulevard, Marina Centre, Downtown Core, Singapore
Opening date 1994
Developer Suntec Development
Management ARA Trust Management Suntec Limited
Owner Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust
No. of stores and services More than 370[8]
Total retail floor area 821,392 square feet (76,309.8 m2)
No. of floors 4
Website Suntec City Mall

Suntec City Mall (Chinese: 新达城广场) is a shopping centre in Singapore, located within the Marina Centre subzone of the Downtown Core. 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.

Zoning[edit]

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. Anchor tenants include Uniqlo, H&M, Spectacle Hut, Laneige, Lush, Adidas, La Senza, Goldheart, Gap, Esprit, Lowry's Farm, Din Tai Fung, Starbucks, Yishion, Starhub, Yankee Candle and the Suntec City Guild House. It reopened in June 2013.
  • The Central Zone, which will include high end tenants, and alfresco dining outlets. It is currently undergoing renovations and will reopen in early 2015.
  • The Fountain Terrace, is located around the Fountain of Wealth, and specialises in food and beverage outlets. Anchor tenants include Food Republic and Giant Hypermarket. Known restaurants include Muthu's Curry, Tony Roma's, Grandma's, Pepperoni, Shabu Sai, Manhattan Fish Market, Food Republic, Toast Box, Bali Thai, Crystal Jade Kitchen, Ichiban Bosshi, Namnam and several fast food outlets.
  • The East Zone (Chinese: 娱乐区) at the north-eastern end of the mall is dedicated to entertainment and technology related tenants such as an 11 screen Golden Village cineplex, children's play area The Polliwogs, The Alive Museum, Toys'R'Us, Harvey Norman, Spring Maternity, Oppo, Eubiq, Marche, EpiLife, J.Co Donuts, Ginza Lion Beer Hall, Habanos, ALT Pizza, Morganfield's, Bistro 1855, Bornga, Duke Bakery, Jamaica Blue, Prize Stage, Ogawa, Osim, Backjoy, Etude House, Robert Piano, Polar, UOB, DBS, McDonald's, Gong Cha, Teo Heng KTV, Singpost, Burger King, C&C Drycleaners, Ziiro, Gadgethub, Kiitos, Scissors Paper Stone, Bricks World, Spa Detour, Barang Barang, Novena, True Fitness, Spa Detour, Evergreen Stationery, Meer Gallery, Cold Storage and Digital Style. It reopened in June 2014.

Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre[edit]

Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Exterior façade of Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
General information
Type Trade and convention centre
Address Temasek Boulevard, Marina Centre, Downtown Core, Singapore
Construction started 1989[9]
Completed 1997[9]
Inaugurated 30 August 1995[10]
Renovated 3 June 2013[10][11]
Owner Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust (60.8%) and City Harvest Church (39.2%)
Landlord ARA Trust Management Suntec Limited
Technical details
Floor count 6
Floor area 880,000 square feet (82,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Tsao & McKown Architects
Main contractor Suntec Development
Website
Suntec Singapore

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.

Initially part of the entire Suntec City development, the building is now separately owned by privately held ARA Harmony Fund and managed by ARA Singapore.

History[edit]

It is one of the largest multi-purpose convention and exhibition facilities in the centre of the city, the ICC has hosted some of the world's biggest meetings, exhibitions and conventions – including the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) World Bank Congress in 1994.

Originally developed as part of the entire Suntec City, it was sold to private investors forming the ARA Harmony Fund, with SuntecREIT holding a 60.8% stake at a total cost of $139.75 million. The ARA Harmony Fund is a single-asset private fund that owns 100% of the venue.

In 2010, City Harvest Church reportedly acquired a substantial minority stake in the ARA Harmony Fund. The investment seeks to secure sustainable long-term use of the convention halls as a regular church venue through a co-own and lease model.

The church plans to offset rental costs with annual dividends by acquiring stakes in the single-asset private fund. It is expected to cost $310 million, including committed and future rentals, share acquisition, renovation and shifting costs over a number of years. While the shareholding details are not known, with the announcement of SuntecREIT's shareholdering at 60.8%, the maximum possible stakeholding by City Harvest Church is 39.2%.

On 21 July 2012, City Harvest Church announced details of its acquisition of Suntec Singapore's stake. It had first acquired 20% in 2010 and a further 19.2% in 2011 – aggregating a total of 39.2% at a cost of $97.75m.

Facilities[edit]

The centre is located in the central business district of Singapore. It has one of Asia's largest column-free space, in the form of multi-purpose convention halls each with 12,000 square metres of column-free space. A convention hall on level 6 and an exhibition hall on Level 4, each offers 12,000 square metres of space. The exhibition hall can be divided into 4 smaller halls, while level 6 consists of 11 rooms, an 800-seat theatre and 5 halls. It is usually configured as the City Harvest Church's 7,500-seat auditorium and a smaller hall for the church's book store and other leisure spaces.

The building also boasts meeting rooms and ballrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors, as well as food courts, restaurants, retail stores and a large lobby and event registration counters on the ground floor. Two basement levels provide ample parking.

Events[edit]

Several high-profile events and exhibitions have been held in the venue, and they include the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1994 and the World Economic Forum's East Asia Economic Summit, which has been held there several times. Other major events held at the venue include such as the Asian Casinos Expo, CAREER, IT Show, Modern Living, NATAS Travel Fair, Singapore Motorshow, VoiceComm, the International Food Festival, COMEX IT Fair, the World Stamp Championship, IAAPA Asian Expo, the World Down Syndrome Congress, Anime Festival Asia and the World Cyber Games.

In 2006, several Singapore 2006 events, including the 61st Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, were being held at the venue. Several events of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games will also be the focus of the Convention Centre.

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games[edit]

Located in the heart of Singapore's business district, the International Convention Centre (ICC) is also conveniently located near the IOC Family Hotels, which is just a 10-minute walk away. It hosted Boxing, Fencing, Handball, Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling during the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.[12]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suntec City
  2. ^ Real Destination : Singapore : Features : Suntec City
  3. ^ Singapore 1:1- CITY
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Suntec Singapore
  6. ^ CBS
  7. ^ Suntec City – Corporate
  8. ^ "Retail Space". APM Property Management. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Suntec City". Infopedia. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Company Profile". Suntec Singapore. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Suntec embarks on major renovation". CEI Asia. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  12. ^ First youth Olympic Games: International Convention Centre

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Coordinates: 1°17′36.58″N 103°51′25.82″E / 1.2934944°N 103.8571722°E / 1.2934944; 103.8571722