Suntec City in Singapore
Suntec City is a major multi-use development located in Marina Centre, a subzone of the Downtown Core Planning Area in Singapore.
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".
- The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) mentioned Suntec City as one of the largest commercial developments in Singapore.
- 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. Suntec has claimed other prizes, 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.
- At the centre of Suntec City lies the Fountain of Wealth, which Suntec claims to be the largest fountain in the world; 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 The Guinness World Records has recently withdrawn the "Largest Fountain" category from its website.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 Tower
Suntec City office towers compromises of five buildings across Towers One to Five with. Four 45-storey and one 18-storey tower make up the 5 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 consists 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
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 Planning Area. Opened in 1994 together with initial phases of the Suntec City development, it was the largest shopping centre in Singapore with 888000 sqft 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.
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 Galleria (Chinese: 画廊区), located on the ground floor of the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, offering high-end international labels targeted specifically at convention delegates and tourists.
- The Tropics (Chinese: 热带区) offers a more wide-ranging choice of outlets for a wider budget range, with added emphasise on lifestyle merchandise and services.
- The Fountain Terrace (Chinese: 喷泉区) is located around the Fountain of Wealth, and specialises in food and beverage outlets.
- The Entertainment Centre (Chinese: 娱乐区) at the north-eastern end of the mall is dedicated to entertainment-related tenants such as a 5-theatre cineplex, a fitness centre, a gaming arcade, as well as the site of Carrefour's first outlet in Singapore, occupying 13,006 square metres (140,000 square feet) over two floors.
Notable retail outlets
- WE Cinemas
- Toys 'R' US
- Harvey Norman
- Fountain Food Terrace
- Topshop Topman
- Charis Asher
- Hush Puppies
- Polo Jeans Co
- La Senza
- Royal Sporting House
- Golf House
- The North Face
- Nike by B.I.R.D
- Adidas Concept Store
- World of Golf
Leisure, gifts and hobbies
- Otaku House
- The Wallet Shop
- Times the Bookshop
Food and beverage
- Crystal Jade
- Tony Roma's
- Burger King
- Pizza Hut
- Ichiban Boshi
- Siam Kitchen
- Ben & Jerry's
- Seoul Yummy
- The Donut Factory
Health and beauty
- The Natural Source
- The Body Shop
- I Nuovi Cosmetics
- Crabtree & Evelyn
- Smile Inc. Dental Surgeons
- ROCK Auditorium
Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre
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.
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%.
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 can be divided into three halls.
The building also boasts a theatre, 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. 2 basement levels provide ample parking.
Several high-profile events and exhibitions have been held in the venue, and they include the WTO 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: 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.
2010 Youth Olympics
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.
- Fountain of Wealth
- List of convention and exhibition centers
- Time Out - City Hall MRT and Suntec, Channel NewsAsia Singapore 2006 report, retrieved 14 October 2006.
- Suntec City - official site
- Suntec Singapore
- Asia's Convention City
- Singapore Exhibition Information