Singapore's canyons of skyscrapers have a new peak with the opening of the Tanjong Pagar Centre on the fringes of the central business district, sitting atop one of the wealth city state's busiest train stations.
The complex has been dubbed a "vertical city" marks the revival for an area of the business core of Singapore, about a kilometer away from the three soaring burnt-glass colored towers at the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) complex built on land reclaimed from the sea and adjacent to the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino.
With office, retail, residence, hotel, fitness, and even an urban park, the new complex will be home to more than 150,000 square feet of green community space. The Tanjong Pagar site at 290 meters high pips its nearest rivals by just 10 meters, with three other building in Singapore at 280 meters high, One Raffles Place, UOB Plaza One and Republic Plaza.
But it comes at a time that Singapore's office and retail vacancy rates are rising and online shopping gathers pace with the arrival of a Singapore-based unit of China's massive e-commerce firm Alibaba and the expected launch of new services by U.S.-based Amazon.
"The approach of an integrated development solves the congestion problem so that we minimize travels. It also helps people do more things within the same location," Cheng Hsing Yao, Managing Director of GuocoLand Singapore told CNBC Asia during a tour of the property.