Friday, May 29, 2009
The futuristic UOB Plaza One (designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange) which is owned by the United Overseas Bank is the tallest building in Raffles Place standing at 270 metres and 67 floors.
This neo-classical facade is the entrance to the Raffles underground train station and is a colonial legacy in stark contrast to the gleaming skyscrapers surrounding it. This is Singapore's central business district so the sky is dominated by these super tall buildings inhabited by banks, MNCs and commercial institutions.
A far view of the entrance. The unassuming rectangular block just next to it is Change Alley, a relic of past times. Singaporeans of the post war generation will remember fondly the commercial hub it was back when it was an important downtown building at the heart of the financial district, linked by a bridge, a thoroughfare to the old Clifford Pier. As part of that legacy, you can still find Indian money changers here.
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