One Raffles Place

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One Raffles Place
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Former names Overseas Union Bank Centre
OUB Centre
General information
Type Commercial offices, Retail
Location 1 Raffles Place
Downtown Core, Singapore
Coordinates 1°17′05″N 103°51′04″E / 1.2846°N 103.8510°E / 1.2846; 103.8510Coordinates: 1°17′05″N 103°51′04″E / 1.2846°N 103.8510°E / 1.2846; 103.8510
Construction started 1980
Completed Tower 1: 1986
Tower 2: 2012
Owner Overseas Union Enterprise
Management OUB Centre Limited
Roof Tower 1: 280 m (920 ft)
Tower 2: 209 m (686 ft)
Technical details
Floor count Tower 1: 63, 4 below ground
Tower 2: 38, 1 below ground
Floor area 101,784 m2 (1,095,590 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Kenzo Tange Associates
Developer OUB Centre Limited
Structural engineer Bylander Meinhardt Partnership
Main contractor Kajima Corporation

One Raffles Place, formerly Overseas Union Bank Centre or OUB Centre[6][7] is one of the three tallest skyscrapers in the city of Singapore, sharing the title with the UOB Plaza and Republic Plaza. At 280 m (920 ft), it was the tallest building in the world outside North America at the time of its completion in 1986, surpassing South Korea's 63 Building completed one year earlier, until it was succeeded by the Bank of China Tower. The building sits at the city centre of Raffles Place.


  • The building consists of two triangular structures with a small space between them.
  • The steel frame allows for column-free office space.
  • The floor system is of reinforced concrete slab composite with a ribbed steel deck.
  • A car park, retail areas, and a link to the MRT system can be found above and below ground.
  • The tower is clad with chemically treated aluminium alloy which changes colour along with the light it reflects.
  • Square and circular designs perforate the building's façade, etched by a grid pattern of rectangles and window units.
  • The dramatic entrance is presented by an eight-storey cutaway, coupled with skylights and other lighting effects to create an airy feeling.


Frenchman Alain Robert, well known for climbing skyscrapers, aborted an attempted climb on this building on 3 November 2000. After reaching the 21st floor, the police dissuaded Robert's ascent, and he re-entered the building through a window on the 23rd floor. He was detained by the Singapore police who treated his stunt as criminal trespass.[8][9]

New tower[edit]

A new commercial tower was constructed next to the existing tower. Ground bearing ceremony was on 26 September 2008. The new tower was open in 2011 with 38 floors. Upon completion of the new tower the complex was officially renamed One Raffles Place.[10]

OUB Centre Mall connects to the underground Raffles Place MRT Station

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