Centennial Tower (Singapore)

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Centennial Tower
Centennial Tower and Millenia Tower 3.JPG
Centennial Tower (left), with Millenia Tower (right)
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 3 Temasek Avenue
Marina Centre, Downtown Core, Singapore
Coordinates 1°17′36″N 103°51′37″E / 1.293265°N 103.860142°E / 1.293265; 103.860142Coordinates: 1°17′36″N 103°51′37″E / 1.293265°N 103.860142°E / 1.293265; 103.860142
Construction started 1995
Completed 1997
Cost USD$149 Million
Owner Kwee brothers' Pontiac Land
Roof 158 m (518 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 37
2 below ground
Floor area 66.270 m2 (713.32 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo & Associate, DP Architects
Main contractor Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd

Centennial Tower is a 158 m (518 ft), 37 storey high-rise skyscraper in the central business district of Singapore. It is located on 3 Temasek Avenue, in the zone of Marina Centre. The building is nearby other skyscrapers such as Millenia Tower, and Suntec City.[4] It is less than 100 metres away from Promenade MRT Station.[5]

The building won the Building and Construction Authority's Best Buildable Design Award in the Commercial & Office Buildings category in 1999.

The tower was built at a total cost of USD$149 Million. It has a gross floor area of 66,270 square metres.[6]

Centennial Tower currently houses the Embassy of Angola on the 23rd floor and an Honorary Consulate of Lebanon on the 31st floor of the building.


Centennial Tower was designed by several architects, namely Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, Johnson/Burgee Architects, DP Architects, and Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects. The building had a 23-month contract period, and was completed in 1997.[6] Other firms involved in the project include Pontiac Marina, Dragages at Travaux Publics, Meinhardt, Sika Services AG, Building Systems, Moody's Investors Service, and McKinsey & Company.

Although completed in 1997, it was structurally designed and built to allow for future upward expansion by as much as 15 additional stories to reach 52 stories. During the construction of the building, the use of innovative and newer construction techniques allowed it to rise 20 stories in just 3 months, one of the fastest rates of construction then seen in Singapore. This enabled the contractor to save 5 months of construction, as compared to using the conventional method. Precast staircases, prefabricated reinforcement for the core walls, beams and columns were also used to enhance the productivity on site.[6]

Damage incident[edit]

On 10 February 2011 between 8:45pm and 9pm, 2 women were injured slightly by debris when a granite slab, estimated to be the size of half a mahjong table, which was part of the building facade, fell from the 25th floor. The building facade, designed and installed by French firm Dragages in 1997 had been checked in July last year and was certified safe by Dragages and its appointed building consultant Meinhardt.[7]


The tower has an elliptical structure, which reflected the curvilinear frontage of Temasek Avenue. Similar to its neighbour Millenia Tower, the 360 degree windows and large floor plates provide better space efficiency. Most of the offices have good views of the city area of Singapore.[8]

The contractor designed special formwork system, to suit the curved profile of the facade. The column, wall and facade were all constructed in the same operation by using the specially designed formwork. Telescopic table formwork system was used for the construction of the beams and floor slabs. The use of system formwork produced a high quality finish, which eliminated plastering. In fact, all the components were skim-coated.[6]

To clad up the building, granite cladding and a curtain wall were used. The curtain wall, which has a total area of 7,773 m2 (83,670 sq ft), was standardised to six different panel sizes. Off-site fabrication of these wall system made installation faster. This reduced the number of site labour.[6]

The tower is crowned by a twelve metre high ornamental trellis. This complements the adjacent pyramid atop Millenia Tower.[8]


Centennial Tower is built on a two-story basement carpark, which is a continuation of the Millenia Walk carpark.[6]

An alternative look at Centennial Tower 
The entrance to the tower 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Centennial Tower (Singapore) at Emporis
  2. ^ "Centennial Tower". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ Centennial Tower (Singapore) at Structurae
  4. ^ "Asia Travel: Map of Centennial Tower (S) 039190". StreetDirectory. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Centennial Tower is a place in Singapore on the Map of Singapore". SGPageNation. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Award Winners - Commercial & Office Buildings - Centennial Tower". Building and Construction Authority. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  7. ^ "Granite slab falls from 25th floor". AsiaOne. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Pontiac Land: Centennial Tower". Pontiac Land. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 

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