The Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE) Bayfront project is a redevelopment of the former Overseas Union House in Singapore into an 18-storey office block. The building’s proportions are informed by wide site dimensions and a height limit enforced per the building’s proximity to Marina Bay. As OUE Bayfront is situated among Singapore’s tallest towers, its resultant, comparatively low-rise profile gains it distinction within the downtown cityscape.
The structure’s design reflects its dialectic position between the height of these towers and the sea-level flatness of the bay waters. Two conjoined block forms are designed with differing façade treatments: envelope fins on the inland component return the verticality of its adjacent towers, while those of the bayside emphasise horizontality. Two secondary elements punctuate these masses and accentuate facade directionality: facing the bay, a horizontal recess performs as an open-air terrace offering recreational space and water views; facing the street, a dark vertical glazing element breaks the pattern of the facade’s fins to frame interior recreational and office spaces.
The structure and site layout are designed to augment urban connectivity and to encourage public use. The tower base is lifted by 12m from the ground plane to produce visual corridors linking the street with the bay, and the placement of services in the basement makes way for additional public circulation space at the ground level. At the second level, an existing conserved pedestrian bridge links OUE Bayfront programmes with those of adjacent buildings. On the roof, a restaurant unifies with lower level eateries, retail and dining along the 16m wide waterfront promenade. The neighbouring Change Alley Aerial Plaza Tower, a conserved structure that links the two high-frequency destinations of Raffles Place and Collyer Quay, is also being refurbished and renamed as OUE Tower, a food and beverage space.