Locals in Singapore have watched in bemusement as the podium of the OUB Center skyscraper has recently been demolished - and now they know why.
Plans are now afoot for a 38 storey skyscraper that will be built directly next door to the OUB Center and rise immediately up its side with a height of about 205 metres that has been designed by Tange Associates and SAA Architects.
Although at first looking like a glass extension to the existing building with the roof leaning towards the taller skyscraper, the 35,000 square metre structure will be a completely separate building called One Raffles Place Tower 2.
The design for the scheme is dominated by a triangular patterning on the facades that give it a prism-like effect and fool the eye into thinking it is a less regularly shaped building than it at first appears. This is emphasised by the way the outer fašade touches the ground at an acute point and the way the top section of the skyscraper leans towards the OUB Center.
Driving the development is the strong demand for commercial space in Singapore despite the turmoil in the world's markets with 20-30 percent of the building expected to be filled by as yet unnamed anchor tenants.
The make over is also going to extend towards the OUB Center's name which will be changed to One Raffles Place for the entire development with the taller skyscraper likely being called One Raffles Place Tower 2.
With the demolition of the extension to the OUB Center already almost finished, work should be able to start on the scheme soon, and One Raffles Place Tower 2 is set for completion in 2011.