OCBC Centre is the current headquarters of OCBC Bank in Singapore. It has 52 floors and a height of 201 metres. The main building was completed in 1976 and was the tallest building in the country, and South East Asia, at that time. There are two extensions, OCBC Centre South and OCBC Centre East. There is an Executive Club on one of the higher floors of the building. OCBC Centre East has food and beverage outlets such as, Burger King and Starbucks.
OCBC Centre was the result of the second Sale of Sites of the Urban Renewal Department of the Housing and Development Board
. The building was designed by I. M. Pei
& Partners (now Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
) together with now defunct BEP Akitek (Pte) Singapore and started construction in 1975
. Its construction period was only two years due to a "three-tier system". The building was completed on 26 November 1976
and was Southeast Asia
's tallest building at the time. A bronze
sculpture designed by Tan Teng Kee sat at the building until 1983
when it was moved to the now defunct Bras Basah Park
. A reclining figure sculpture by Henry Morre has been replaced and a new plaza
and reflecting pool
were built outside the front entrance of the building. The building has undergone several modernisations and OCBC Centre East and South was constructed at a later date.
It is designed to be a symbol of strength and permanence, and its structure consists of two semi-circular reinforced concrete
cores as well as three lateral girders
which helped made construction faster. The building is divided into three sections due to the steel trusses
being constructed off-site and were put into position. Each section consists of floors that are cantilevered 6 metres from each column, with load transfer girdrs spanning at each end taking up boxed sections of the pre-stressed concrete. Lattice steel
models strengthened by steel
compression was installed on the 20 and 35 floors of the building. The building has been nicknamed the "calculator
" due to its flat shape and windows
which look like button pads.
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